Each pattern has its own story and history, so before doing anything I speak to my printers to find out how old it is, when it was last used and who first made it. Knowing more about their origin, helps me take this ancient artisanal process and give it a modern take.
The block printing process is 100% completed done by hand. First, the print is lovingly carved into a block of wood over many hours by a master craftsman. When multiple colors are used, there will be four or more variations of the same hand-carved mold.
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-meter 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 ever piece look so special.