Contemporary-Craft

Contemporary-Craft We use environmentally sustainable handcrafted methods & provide opportunities for marginalized artists
At Contemporary Craft we work on adapting the centuries-old art form of weaving, hand block and eco printing in India to a contemporary aesthetic, while preserving the natural processes and handiwork that are so important to the quality of design.

At Contemporary-Craft, our work emphasizes careful handcrafted methods that are environmentally sustainable. We are a Benefit Corporation, and a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

Operating as usual

Our daily wage artisans are trying to earn living while staying home. Hand block printed organic cotton masks available ...
06/19/2020

Our daily wage artisans are trying to earn living while staying home.
Hand block printed organic cotton masks available for bulk order in assorted pattern directly shipped from India. Please contact
[email protected]
#masks #handmade #blockprinting #organiccotton #fairtradefashion #ftfusa

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06/02/2020

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Happy earth day!#earthday #earth #sustainableliving
04/23/2020

Happy earth day!
#earthday #earth #sustainableliving

Lockdown at home can be creative !#coronavid19 #coronavairus
04/20/2020

Lockdown at home can be creative !
#coronavid19 #coronavairus

Lockdown at home can be creative !#coronavid19 #coronavairus
04/20/2020

Lockdown at home can be creative !
#coronavid19 #coronavairus

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12/26/2019

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Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali!#ftfusa #sustainablefashion #sustainabilityinstyle #sustainableliving #sustainabili...
10/25/2019

Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali!
#ftfusa #sustainablefashion #sustainabilityinstyle #sustainableliving #sustainability #fabricdesign #blockprinting #ecofriendlyliving #ecoprinting

Let us celebrate Gandhi Jayanti! October 2nd.#gandhijayanti #ftfusa #sustainableliving #handloomlove #handcrafted
10/01/2019

Let us celebrate Gandhi Jayanti! October 2nd.
#gandhijayanti #ftfusa #sustainableliving #handloomlove #handcrafted

Custom digital printing on linen and silk scarves. Contact us or or visit our website.#handcrafted #sustainableliving #f...
09/30/2019

Custom digital printing on linen and silk scarves. Contact us or or visit our website.
#handcrafted #sustainableliving #ftfusa #digitaltextileprinting #digitalart

Custom digital printing on linen and silk scarves. Contact us or or visit our website.#handcrafted #sustainableliving #f...
09/30/2019

Custom digital printing on linen and silk scarves. Contact us or or visit our website.
#handcrafted #sustainableliving #ftfusa #digitaltextileprinting #digitalart

Our block prints from the village of Bagh. Contact us or visit our website.#blockprinting #sustainableliving #ftfusa #ha...
09/30/2019

Our block prints from the village of Bagh. Contact us or visit our website.#blockprinting #sustainableliving #ftfusa #handblockprint #blockprint

Our next work in progress!Hand block printing on mulbarry silk in the village of Bagh, India.#handcrafted #handblockprin...
08/21/2019

Our next work in progress!
Hand block printing on mulbarry silk in the village of Bagh, India.#handcrafted #handblockprint #ftfusa #sustainableliving #blockprinting

World fair trade day!#worldfairtradeday #ftfusa #handblockprint #sustainableliving #textiledesign #handcrafted
05/12/2019

World fair trade day!
#worldfairtradeday #ftfusa #handblockprint #sustainableliving #textiledesign #handcrafted

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03/10/2019

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We create custom robes for our customers using eco and hand block printed silk and cotton fabric.#ecoprinting #sustainab...
03/07/2019

We create custom robes for our customers using eco and hand block printed silk and cotton fabric.#ecoprinting #sustainableliving #ecoprints #sustainablefashion #handblockprint #handblockprinted

Eco print on silk for Ores-Store, Sweden using Marigold and Dhavri flowers. #ecoprinting #ecoprints #sustainablefashion ...
03/03/2019

Eco print on silk for Ores-Store, Sweden using Marigold and Dhavri flowers. #ecoprinting #ecoprints #sustainablefashion #sustainableliving #ftfusa

Development in process! Batik printed beach coverup. A belt around the waist is needed. #beachcoverup #batik #batikprint...
02/19/2019

Development in process! Batik printed beach coverup. A belt around the waist is needed. #beachcoverup #batik #batikprinting

Beach coverup! 100% cotton fabric hand block printed in the village of Bagh. #beachcoverup #beach #blockprinting #sustai...
02/15/2019

Beach coverup! 100% cotton fabric hand block printed in the village of Bagh.
#beachcoverup #beach #blockprinting #sustainablefashion #sustainability #beachwear

Six eco printed Gajji silk panels, six meters long  x 43” wide. Beautiful golden tone printed using Marigold and Dhavri ...
02/04/2019

Six eco printed Gajji silk panels, six meters long x 43” wide.
Beautiful golden tone printed using Marigold and Dhavri flowers. If interested, please please email me at [email protected]. Can be shipped anywhere.#ecoprinting #ecoprint #batikprinting #sustainablefashion #silkflowers #silkprinting #silkecoprint

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01/25/2019

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Just completing eco print on silk for Ores-Store, Sweden using Marigold and Dhavri flowers. Our printing shop is quite p...
01/25/2019

Just completing eco print on silk for Ores-Store, Sweden using Marigold and Dhavri flowers. Our printing shop is quite proud to print over 400 meters of silk fabric with over 90% pattern and color consistency. #ecoprinting #ecoprint #ftfusa #sustainablefashion #sustainability #ores_world #ores

Batik prints, Bhairogadh, Ujjain india#batikprinting #batikprint
01/10/2019

Batik prints, Bhairogadh, Ujjain india#batikprinting #batikprint

01/10/2019

Batik printing in Bhairogadh, Ujjain india.#batikmodern #batikprinting #batikprint

Eco printing using Marigold.        More to come!#ecoprinting #ecoproducts #ecoprint #sustainablefashion #museums #rubin...
12/05/2018

Eco printing using Marigold. More to come!
#ecoprinting #ecoproducts #ecoprint #sustainablefashion #museums #rubinmuseum #ftfusa

Cotton tablecloths in Indigo batik block print. 58”x 90” L. Only few left. See us at the Rubin museum sale today.#rubinm...
11/18/2018

Cotton tablecloths in Indigo batik block print. 58”x 90” L. Only few left. See us at the Rubin museum sale today.#rubinmuseumofart #rubinmuseum

Mulberry silk scarves, hand blocked in classic patterns using natural dyes. Very few designs are left!Visit us the Rubin...
11/18/2018

Mulberry silk scarves, hand blocked in classic patterns using natural dyes. Very few designs are left!
Visit us the Rubin museum today.
#rubinmuseumofart #rubinmuseum

Hand blocked cotton totes, pack of three designs will make a nice gift. Visit us today at the Rubin museum.Also availabl...
11/18/2018

Hand blocked cotton totes, pack of three designs will make a nice gift. Visit us today at the Rubin museum.
Also available online.
#holidaygifts #ftfusa #museumofart #rubinmuseum #rubinmuseumofart

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11/18/2018

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Still have few organza curtain panels left. 44”x 84”L Silk cotton Hand blocked in combination of white and black.Visit u...
11/18/2018

Still have few organza curtain panels left. 44”x 84”L Silk cotton Hand blocked in combination of white and black.
Visit us at the Rubin museum, NYC event today.#museumofart #rubinmuseum

Visit us at the Rubin this weekend!
11/17/2018

Visit us at the Rubin this weekend!

Rubin holiday event this weekend!Still have some hand-block printed pure mulberry silk scarves on sale.#holidaygifts #ru...
11/16/2018

Rubin holiday event this weekend!

Still have some hand-block printed pure mulberry silk scarves on sale.
#holidaygifts #rubinmuseum #museums

Please join us at the Rubin museum for the holiday sale event this weekend! #rubinmuseum #museums #ftfusa #holidaygifts
11/13/2018

Please join us at the Rubin museum for the holiday sale event this weekend!
#rubinmuseum #museums #ftfusa #holidaygifts

Holiday totes are ready to be shipped!
11/09/2018

Holiday totes are ready to be shipped!

Wish everyone a very happy Diwali!
11/06/2018

Wish everyone a very happy Diwali!

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11/06/2018

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Greenbriar Road
Potomac, MD
20854

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At Contemporary-Craft, we create designs on natural fabrics using Eco printing, traditional block printing, hand loom weaving, and other handcrafted techniques, most of which use careful processes that are environmentally sustainable. Since our products are handmade, print and color imperfections in the weave add to the beauty and unique character of each piece.

Some of the artisans we work with are very poor, and do not have the resources to maintain a stable livelihood. Because of rapid urban growth in India, many people from artistic trades forgo their traditional occupations for work in industry or manual labor. We are working to raise awareness and revive some of the beautiful artistic traditions of these areas, so that our artisans are not displaced by these changes. Also, in much of rural India, women also have few economic opportunities. We support women's weaving groups in Central India to have some of our silk fabrics made.

The most important thing to us is to find a place where great design meets conscientious collaboration. We work to showcase traditional methods of craftsmanship with innovative and contemporary design motifs, while simultaneously ensuring ethical and thoughtful working relationships with our artists and friends in India.

Bina Koolwal & Gayatri Koolwal

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