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We stumbled upon Block Shop's gorgeous scarves on Designlovefest a couple weeks back and were enamored to find that the sustainability-focused company is a startup with roots in Cambridge. Sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman have partnered with the Chhipa family of Bagru, India, who specialize in hand block printing with natural dyes, a tradition that extends over 350 years. The saying "it takes a village" truly applies to their enterprise, as the environmentally conscious operations support everyone from farmers who receive irrigation water following the non-toxic vegetable dye process to those who carve the actual blocks of sisam wood.
Though all its inventory is currently sold out, we imagine there must be more styles en route to Cambridge. At $120 apiece, the Indian silk/cotton blend scarves are a must-have. Local students should take note: the Block Shop FAQ page hints at a need for summer interns.
· Block Shop Scarves [Designlovefest]
· Block Shop Textiles [Official Site]