As you may know, my passion for the art of block printing on textiles is only rivaled by my fascination with the wooden blocks themselves. You will find hundreds of posts on block printing on OUATT, and the most popular ones will be those that feature work that represents the crossroads of traditional techniques and modern interpretation. Big, bold motifs on a pristine white background. Color used sparingly, yet most effectively. Paisleys and floral themes but also, nautical prints, chevrons, stripes and dots. Which brings us to Kari by Kriti. I recently came across their beautiful, block-printed quilts for babies on Pinterest and I was struck by the pleasing colors (no jarring and overwhelming shades competing for attention) and the just-right fusion of modern design and an old, revered craft form. Read about how Kari by Kriti came about in Kriti’s own words…
“Block printed baby quilts at Kari by Kriti are developed as keepsakes that can eventually become heirloom pieces one day. The idea behind these quilts was to create baby bedding that is comfortable for the baby but most importantly, inspiring for a modern mum and reflect design aesthetics that match her personality. After my son was born in November 2014, I spent a great deal of time looking for a baby quilt that was special. The blankets and quilts I liked were either pink or blue, exorbitantly priced or made from artificial yarns like polyester. It was then that I decided to design a block printed baby quilt for him and a couple more for trial. I listed two quilts on Etsy and received an overwhelming response from mums who were looking for baby products that were unconventional. This gave me immense faith in my idea and I decided to design my own line.
The reversible quilts and blankets have a timeless character and are gender-neutral. They feature a mix of traditional motifs like the paisley with geometric patterns to create a modern, bohemian feel. They are fashioned from fine cotton voile that is woodblock-printed by master artisans in Jaipur and then quilted by hand. My first collection of baby bedding is reminiscent of my childhood in Dehra Dun- a beautiful little town in the foothills of the Himalayas. The colors reflect my memories of marigolds in winter, occasional peacocks in the rain, lush green gardens and mountains that looked blue.
I have been studying and working with textiles for the last 10 years. Kari is short for Karigar which means Artisan. Through Kari by Kriti, it is my endeavor to curate a collection of gorgeous textiles that India has to offer. I am now working on developing a collection of summer quilts and blankets for babies along with a range of homewares fashioned from handwoven Ikat and vintage Banjara fabric. My greatest source of inspiration is my spirited one year old who pushes me to find the energy to do what I love most!” – Kriti Jindal
Image credits/copyright: Kriti Jindal