Interested in block printing? Sign up for MATTER and & Co.'s workshop this month

Interested in block printing? Sign up for MATTER and & Co.'s workshop this month

Because you matter

Text: Adibah Isa

In celebration of the launch of limited edition scarves inspired by the display of National Gallery Singapore’s Southeast Asian artworks, Gallery & Co., Foreign Policy Design Group and MATTER have organised a block printing workshop

Love MATTER pants? So do we — in fact, we've gotten so chummy with founder and Friend of Buro Renyung Ho that a special scarf was designed and retailed at our Buro pop-up. Known for upholding traditional Asian and Southeast Asian craftsmanship, Ho and her team are now dipping their toes in Southeast Asian art.

Inspired by Southeast Asian art

Thanks to a collaboration with the National Gallery Singapore and & Co., MATTER has launched three scarves inspired by Southeast Asian art. With prints inspired by Filipino artist Roberto Chabet's 'The Ceiling', they proudly bear markings of woodblock printing, which is one of the oldest forms of print-making in India.

What's better than picking up a scarf (or two)? Learning how to do the said craft, right there in Gallery & Co. It's the best time to not keep your hands to yourself, by using the hand-carved block and dipping it into the Azo free dyes to design a piece of fabric. With MATTER's own artisan partner Khushiram Pandey as a guide, you'll learn how to mix and match motifs to create your own desired pattern. Trust Pandey — he's a fifth generation block printer descended from a line of artisans hailing from Sanganer, a key town in Rajasthan known for textile printing.

woodblock printing in action

You'll also get to pick up techniques of resist print and direct print, and work on a cotton silk scarf which you can take home. Hint: That's your Valentine's day shopping done.

Introduction to Block Printing will be held on 13 February for two sessions on 11am and 2pm at Gallery & Co. Participants are limited to 10 per session. To register, click here.