Monthly Archives: November 2013

Rajasthani Block Printing

 

The tradition of block printing is one that runs through the veins of Rajasthani artisans. It is a skill, a legacy even, that is passed on from father to son, mother to daughter. Textiles have been a long part of Indian history- up until the 18th century, Indian textile technology surpassed that of Europe’s. In ancient times, India traded with the China, Indonesia and the Roman empire. This trade route eventually spread across the world, and is still upheld today.

India is a vibrant country, and its vibrant ways are reflected in its fabrics. Not only does India have an extremely successful cotton industry (the second largest in the world!) , it also produces silk, jute, wool and man-made fabrics. Traditional practices are still upheld, with fabrics still being hand printed and dyed.

The truth is, we live in a technological world, with efficiency taking precedence over creativity, the human touch taking the fall. India, however, is the exception. Fabric is hand woven, dyed and printed. Block printing is an intricate art that only few master. This inspirational video showcases it.

 

Cover Image from Tuk & Tam 

Video by West Elm

 

Care for your Rosewood Furniture

You have purchased your Rosewood furniture… Now what? The thought of taking care of wood furniture can be daunting, especially to those that have never owned solid hardwood furniture before. But fear not, it is an easy task!

Wood furniture is a living entity, and just like the human skin, it needs love and care. Wood moves and grows, and natural cracks can occur. However, to keep these in check, it is recommended that you take the following steps:

1. If you get any spillage on your furniture, wipe it down with a damp cloth. For dusting your furniture, a dry cloth works perfectly.

2. We recommend that you oil your rosewood furniture once or twice or year, or more often if you believe your wood is looking dull.  Lemon, orange or teak oils all work great, which you can purchase at Home Depot. All you need to do is pour a little of the chosen oil on a dry, clean cloth, and rub in onto your furniture. Excessive use of oil can leave a greasy film on the surface of your furniture, so be careful with the quantity of oil that you use. Excess oil can be buffed off with a dry cloth.

3. Don’t place your furniture close to a heater,  as excessive heat may cause the wood to expand.

4. Rosewood is a hardwood, and therefore it is extremely hard to ding or scratch. However, dings can easily be filled  using putty pencils and scratches covered up with stain pens. All these can be found at your nearest Home Depot. For scratches that are too deep, you can easily sand down the area and refinish it.

For any questions with the care of your furniture, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by phone 604-336-4277 or visit our Vancouver showroom at 400 West Broadway.