Block Printing also known as relief print, is one of the oldest techniques, and has been around for thousands of years. There is evidence that it existed as early as the fifth century BC, with roots in India, China and Japan.
There are many different techniques, but it is essentially using a carved material covered in ink to transfer an image on to paper or fabric. Block printing can be done with wood, linoleum, rubber among other materials.
Block prints make beautiful cushions, throws, runners for bedding.
Having an ASTM rating of either 1-2, indicates permanence. They are lightfast so they will neither fade nor break down over time
Silk is a natural fibre made from silk worms raised in captivity in temperature-controlled environments that are free from predators.
The momme weight (the weight of 100 yards of silk, 45 inches wide, in pounds) of silk sheet can range from 6-30 mm.
Good quality bed sheets can be machine washed on a gentle cycle in cold water and do not require dry cleaning, as long as a silk-friendly detergent is used. As you continue to wash silk sheets, they will lose some of their luster, but will actually become softer after a few washes. In fact, many people find that they like their silk sheets even more after they have been washed a few times.
Cotton is the preferred fabric for bed sheets. Cotton fiber has a hollow core so it “breathes,” taking in moisture from the skin to keep you comfortable in warm or cool temperatures. It is durable and launders well.