Block Shop is a textile company that marries the traditional Indian hand block printing process with a modern California aesthetic. Their products are a collaboration between sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman in Los Angeles and a family of printers and dyers in Bagru, Rajasthan. The entire process is manual: they design on paper, print with wooden blocks, and dye in small batches – the same way it’s been done in India for more than three centuries. No two textiles are exactly alike.
Block Shop began as an art project in 2010. Lily, a visual artist, was studying painting in Jaipur when her search for the best natural dyes led her to the print shop of Viju, a fifth-generation master printer. After creating a series of unstructured paintings on cotton-silk fabric, Lily sent prototypes to her sister Hopie in California. Six months later, Hopie traveled to India to meet Viju's family and see the process for herself. The sisters formed a partnership with Viju and what is now Block Shop's cooperative of printers.