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Hand Block-Printed Bloom Table Runner

This clearance item is final sale and is not eligible for return.

Quick Overview

Handcrafted by physically-challenged artisans in India, this Bloom Table Runner was made using the unique and time-intensive block printing process that ensures every piece is absolutely one-of-a-kind. Not only is this a lovely and colorful addition to any dining room, it also contributes to the livelihoods of artisans in India who might not otherwise find social and economic security.

Details

Welcome summer into your home with our cheery hand block-printed table runner. Featuring a unique bloom motif, each piece is hand printed on 100% unbleached cotton. This versatile piece can brighten any room from your living room console to your dining table.

  • 100% unbleached kora cotton and low-impact dyes
  • Machine washable - cold, delicate cycle
  • Line dry
  • 14" width x 60" length

Additional Information

SKU V0816
Product Type Table Linen
Dimensions 14" width x 60" length
Made of Cotton
Collection Block Print
Made in India
Artisan Story

A description of the artisan group:

  • Fair Trade
  • Paid fair daily wage
  • Employs physically disabled individuals
  • Offered free medial support, reconstruction surgeries

Other indirect impacts:

Artisans gain confidence and self esteem alongside work skills. They may gain new social standing in their family and community. They may travel and have the opportunity to interact with diverse individuals.

Artisans - Context and Benefits

This group was formed in the mid 1970s in response to the extreme social stigma faced by those with disabilities in India. At the time, many of those with physical disabilities were rejected by their own families and forced to leave home. There were very few employment opportunities and social services available. Unfortunately, physically disabled people continue to face many similar situations today.

The program was designed to complement and enhance treatment at a local hospital for those with physical disabilities. Patients are offered craft training in conjunction with the rehabilitation process and, eventually, long term stable jobs. The aim is to give physically disabled people access to financial independence and, potentially, an avenue to social acceptance, allowing these individuals to reintegrate with their families and communities. Currently there are eighty-five people employed, with over 60% living at home. Raw materials are dropped off at their homes and finished products picked up. Around thirty-five artisans are living in the town and commute to work. Each worker is paid a living wage regardless of how little or how many products they may be able to create based on physical limitations. Those that are working at home are given door-to-door service from their homes to the hospital for a once-a-month-checkup.

The artisans are offered free medical support including reconstruction surgeries. They are trained at the workshop for three to six months in the craft they choose. In certain cases, tools are specifically designed to accommodate the artisan’s disability and to aid the artisan in completing their task. They also have access to interest-free housing loans, maternity leave, and subsidized meals.

Please Note Please note: In our current Summer 2015 catalog, there is incorrect product description information listed for this item. Note the corrected information above. Please contact us with any questions!
Product Care Machine washable - cold, delicate cycle. Line dry.

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