Block Shop is a company based in Los Angeles, California and Bagru, India. Founders and sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman work directly with a cooperative of 20 master printers in Bagru to make their hand block printed textiles. Everything from the carved wooden blocks, to the printing and dying is done by hand. Best of all, their company goes one step further, investing a percentage of its proceeds back into a community fund that provides healthcare for the inhabitants of Bagru. In January 2014 they sponsored a mobile healthcare clinic that brought medical and eye care to the entire population of Bagru. Their next social mission is to tackle issues of sustainable drinking water and adequate disposal of waste water in the community.
Block Shop just released it’s line of Fall 2014 scarves and they are really gorgeous. Printed with non-toxic dyes on a blend of silk and cotton, these scarves are beautiful and full of handmade details. I love how large they are too! Perfect for snuggling into on the way out the door. Check out this incredible company on their website, where you can read more about the hand block printing process, or shop Block Shop’s beautiful scarves. Not that I’m doing a gift guide or anything (WAY too early for those shenanigans), but these would make pretty incredible gifts considering the social mission of the company; it’s almost like giving two gifts in one item!