At Metaphor Racha, we have been using hand block printing as a craft for many years now. Not only do we have our exclusive wooden blocks, but we also use those blocks that are old, chipped, discarded, and orphaned, respecting the 'unknown block maker'.
Before laying the textile/saree on the table for printing, a thick cotton cloth, locally called "Achada", is laid on the table. This 'Achada' acts as a safety layer, absorbing the excess colour from the printing so that the colour paste/liquid doesn't seep into the wooden table.
Depending on the amount of work, every 3 to 4 months, this 'Achada' fabric gets discarded.
Well, that's where we stepped in. Not only did we provide our block printers with our ambara charaka handspun and handwoven cotton fabric to use them as 'achada', but also we took the so-called 'waste fabric' by paying nominal charges.
The haphazardly stained/printed fabric that looks nothing less than an artist's canvas is brushed and washed. The resulting material, having layers of colours on it is almost water-proof!
This textile is then designed and stitched into home-utilitarian products by a young local tailor - Guddu, a pouch/bag specialist.
While more than a dozen pairs of hands get employed behind every product of ours, and we make sure that nothing goes waste in our production process, we sincerely request you to join us in not wasting any of our efforts.