Look who visited Global Gifts Short North recently! Kindergarten students from St. Joseph’s Montessori School in Columbus stopped by the store for hands-on learning about block printing.
Many of the textiles at Global Gifts, especially those made by fair trade artisans in India, are block-printed with beautiful designs. Spanning back as far as the 12th century, block printing is often the best way to reproduce a highly detailed pattern onto fabric and is widely practiced today. It requires a steady hand and a keen eye!
During their store visit, the students from St. Joseph’s Montessori School learned a little about the geography and culture of India from a story book and then Global Gifts store manager, Alissa Head, taught them how to block print on cloth bags that students got to take home along with a mini-bar of fair trade chocolate!
Global Gifts loves to have student or club groups visit the store to learn about specific fair trade topics or artisan techniques or for a store tour. If you are a teacher or group leader and would like to arrange a visit, click here for contact information for the Global Gifts store close to you.