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Craftsmen making hand-carved woodblocks

​The first step in making Rasa & You curties and bags is to make woodcuts.


​Because the woodblock is repeatedly pressed and washed, it is made of hard wood such as durable teak or rosewood.

​First, you trace the design on the woodblock and sketch on the woodblock.

​Craftsmen carve these exquisite motifs while beating chisels with wooden sticks. ​The engraved motifs can be as small as about one millimeter wide.

​The blocks created to print a single motif require a main block to represent the outline of the design and a small block to fill the color in the motif.


​It's a very delicate and demanding job, but many are rewarding and the craftsmen are proud of their work.

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