SZ Blockprints partners with a multigenerational family printing studio based in Jaipur. Using one of India’s oldest printing techniques, SZ Blockprints makes ethical garments for men, women, children and the home. We are dedicated to a portion our profits to the SZ Foundation, which works with local organisations in Jaipur to support vocational training and empowerment programmes for women.
Our process is very much a collaboration. Each pattern has its own story and history, so before making anything we speak to our printers to find out how old it is, when it was last used and as much as we can about its historical significance. We care deeply about the heritage of the prints we use and hope our collective work means they are enjoyed by a new generation.
The block printing process is 100 percent completed by hand. First, the print is lovingly carved into a block of wood over many hours by a master craftsman. When multiple colours are used, there will be four or more variations of the same hand-carved mould.
These blocks are then dipped into the dyes and pressed onto a long the same piece of fabric stretched across a wooden table by hand multiple times and it can take three hours to make one three-metre piece of cloth, which means around ten hours is spent making every SZ piece. It is the painstaking precision and love in getting this layered effect just right that makes every piece look so special.
From colour mixing and printing to washing, drying and packing, we believe in hand made whenever possible. Each member of our team is incredibly important to us and we take great pride and satisfaction in supporting their livelihoods in a responsible way.
The SZ Blockprints team are examining what it means to be a sustainable company and are committed to making a positive impact both inside the community of artisans they work with in Jaipur but also across the wider city. SZ Blockprints is the culmination of Sarah’s passions in life and the brand is built upon these core pillars.
At SZ Blockprints, we believe that acting in a sustainable way is integral in both day-to-day life and how we work. From the relationships that we build with our artisans in Jaipur to the materials and dyes used to create our beautiful pieces, we source local, learn from their expertise and take great pride in getting to know each and every stage of our supply chain. We are always looking closely at how to make our supply chain as low-impact as possible - from ensuring all our packing materials are recyclable to creating hang tags made from excess cotton pulp.
CREATING A PRODUCT THAT IS BOTH HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT AND OUTRAGEOUSLY BEAUTIFUL
All of our prints originate from Jaipur’s most important blockprint designer, Kitty Rae. She is lovingly known in Jaipur as the Godmother of blockprinting and is widely acknowledged as the person who elevated the craft and introduced it to the West. Her generosity and passion led to the training and development of many of the global blockprint brands you know today. At SZ Blockprints, we are committed to continuing her legacy and prints. By fusing Kitty’s historical designs with a modern colour palate and beautiful shapes, we hope to keep them alive and loved by many generations to come. Kitty’s blocks do not belong on a dusty shelf - they belong on your neon tassel kurta!
We believe it is our responsibility to give back to the local communities in which we work and have committed a minimum of 10 percent of our annual profits each year to The Sarah Zellweger Foundation, which supports charitable initiatives to educate and empower girls and women in Jaipur.
Each member of our team is incredibly important to us and we take great pride and satisfaction in supporting their livelihoods in a responsible way. Through the SZ Blockprints manufacturing process, we are directly supporting over 40 individuals and their families at the studio, and many more who are part of the wider manufacturing process.
To learn more about the SZ Foundation, click here