Friday, November 30, 2012

World, Meet Block Shop Textiles





Remember that post from the summer about my hand block printing project in India, the scarves I promised I'd eventually unleash upon the world in an explosion of vegetable-dyed silken marigold garland elephant trumpeting sustainable business practice magic? Well, my two-year-long collaboration with master printer Vijendra Chhipa and my sister Hopie Stockman is finally off the ground: last week our first big shipment of hand block printed vegetable-dyed scarves arrived from Rajasthan, and they are even more beautiful than I remembered. The word "scarf" does little justice; each textile is an art object, a one-of-a-kind textile so elegant and sumptuous and yet incredibly durable and versatile. Just like the kinda women we envision wearing these bad boys. Draping one around my neck feels like assuming a lion's mantle.  I AM SO FLIPPING EXCITED I CAN BARELY STAND IT.

So. Ladies and gentlemen, Block Shop Textiles

Our Block Shop scarves will be available for purchase on our website soon; sign up for our official launch notification to make sure you get in on the action in time for the holidays.

In the words of Ira, stay with us...and in the mean time, thank you for all the excitement and support. (And, if you're in New York, stop by my open studio event tomorrow to catch a sneak peek of the scarves!) WHEEEEE!

55 comments:

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    1. Aw 'Mandabird you are the sweetest and I would love to see you SOONEST. Would you and G like to come to my wee open studio thingy tomorrow night? No pressure but would love any chance to see you! ex oh, o goatherd, o maidyn of the myst

      xo

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  2. Those are gorgeous! I'd love to read more about your sustainable business practices before buying one, hopefully that info gets put up on the site once it's live!

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    1. Thanks Meaghan! So glad that matters to you! Yes yes it will def be detailed on the website when we finally launch. We've been working on the business model with our printing coop for TWO. YEARS.

      :)

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    2. Amazing! I had a hunch that you didn't seem the type to be running a hipster sweatshop, but it's so great to put that info out there!

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    1. THANK YOU KATE MISS! We are so citey tooooo! (ps speaking of finally, we are finally getting your gorgeous print framed and can't wait to get it UP on the WALL. FINALLY.)

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  4. Oh so GOOOOOOOOOD. Can't wait.

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  5. SO excited! my wildest textile dreams are coming true.

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  6. So. Excited. I've been hoping you guys would unleash them upon us! :)

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  7. YES! I've been waiting for this!

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  8. WOW! I'm drooling over these scarves! I hope you are soaking up all the euphoria that comes from the birth of a project.

    Wish I was in NY tomorrow.

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  9. Elegant and sumptuous and durable and versatile and YES!

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  10. i just want to wrap my cat in one of your scarves and carry him around on a stick like the luckiest hobo of all. kind-hearted woman lives HERE, lily.

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    1. Funny, because I had this vision of wrapping a camel in our scarves for the picture of our homepage, Jean-Claude-and-Christo-style, and my sis was like, NO.

      So can we use your cat?

      XO.

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  11. Congratulations Lily & sis :) So excited for you, so wonderful to see this project come to fruition!

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  12. Oh they are gorgeous! It would be like wearing one of your paintings around my neck.

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  13. Totally signed up for the VIP notification. Totally stoked.

    xo
    cortnie

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  14. MIND.BLOWN. can't wait to get my paws on one!! congrats lady.

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  15. yaaaaaaay!!! this is such exciting news, i can hardly contain myself. (that peek at a little arrow-ended scarf made me die, btw...i want MORE!!)

    <3

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  16. i am so excited about these i can barely STAND IT.

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  17. What an amazing project. I can't wait to see more of those scarves!

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  18. Gah! They are really beautiful. Can't wait to see more!

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  19. I am so excited for you! I can't wait to see everything up on the shop. Totally wish I was in NY right now so I could get a little sneak peek. Congrats to you and your sister and the fine folks you're working with in India. xoxo

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  20. AMAZING! I'm so excited for you guys. I cannot WAIT for these guys to go up for sale.

    XOXO
    Kathleen

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  21. these look beautiful! unfortunately tonight is my 'go out to a fancy pants restaurant for my birthday dinner' so i can't make it to your open studios but have a blast!

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  22. These are absolutely wonderful. I have signed up to the website but I am a little anxious that a) you won't be shipping internationally and b) they will sell out immediately and I won't be able to get my hands on one. Sarah

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  23. They look fabulous!!!!!!Congrats;-)

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  24. Eek, I'm so damn excited. I wish I was stopping by that open studio. I'm only doing it in my mind.

    They look amazing, just in case you had forgotten or it had been more than 10 minutes since the last person told you.

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  25. I've been anxiously awaiting these beauties. I CANNOT WAIT to get my hot little hands on one of these bad boys.

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  28. so proud, happy, psyched for you! can't wait to see them in person! they are stunning!!!

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  30. These look incredible, and they are part of such a great story. I would love one. Do you think you'll be shipping to Australia?

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  34. Yay, ladies! They look so, so beautiful and I can't wait to see the official launch. I'm already on the list, even though I've never done very well with scarves I might try again with these beauties!

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  35. Beautiful! How nice to see your pretty face, too! Looking forward to getting an email declaring the shop is open!!

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  36. So lovely. Must feel amazing after so long working away at all aspects of this venture. Cant wait to see more!

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  40. I was hoping to get one of these for my wife for Christmas. I've given up hope on actually receiving one in time. How are you looking on having them up for order in time? I'm getting nervous...

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    1. Dear Anon, NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!

      We are finally LIIIIIIVE! And in time for Christmas shipping too- see the site for more info!
      (PS this is my favorite spousal comment I've ever received on this here blog.)

      xo Lily

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