The mats made with kora grass are true collector items. Kora grass grows abundantly along the banks of the rivers in Tamil Nadu in South India. The process of creating a mat is quite complex. The green grass normally grows to a height of 3-4 feet and cut finely while it is still green. The inside white pith of the stem is removed with a sharp edged knife while the outer part is used for weaving. The count of the mat depend on how many strips the grass is cut into; the greater the number of strips, the higher the count. The strips are then dried in the sun. When the dried strips turn a yellowish green color, they are boiled in water and dried again. The dried grass is made up into bundles and then soaked in running water. These bundles are weighed down with stones at both ends they are then made to float in running streams of clean water. It is normally kept under water for three days, ensuring a very fine count. This wetting causes the grass to swell up to three times its original size. It is then dried in the sun again. The weaving is done on a floor loom. The process is slow and follows a basket weave pattern. The weft (or the grass) covers the warp entirely and the pattern formed has an interesting striped effect of its own. Once the weavings is complete, the mat is dried in the sun for a short while. It is then finished with a polishing stone. Customer who bought ShalinCraft Mat gave us this feedback (September 2 2006 They are beautiful. Each mat is a bit unique. Six arrived. I would definitely order from Shalin again). Read more on our feedback page.. Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Block printed table cloths from Rajasthan. Available in a range of sizes and designs, these table cloths are hand-block printed. Printing of cloth with carved wooden blocks is fascinating. The floral motifs favored by the printers of Bagru and Sanganer are Persian in origin, though Sanganeri designs are more sophisticated. They usually have a white or pale background decorated with colorful twigs or sprays. This method, though laborious, is actually quite simple and merely calls for precision. The table cloth is laid out flat on a table or bench and a freshly dipped block is hand pressed on to the fabric to form a continuous, interlocking pattern. The block carries dye if the original color of the cloth has to be preserved. In the resist (usually wax or gum) printing process is applied to the portion of the cloth not to be colored, which is a substance that does not let the dye seep through to the cloth. The rest of the table cloth is colored in the desired shade. Later, the portions, which had remained uncolored, can be individually daubed with color or through the use of blocks of design coated with the color that the dyer wishes to use. Floral and geometric designs are beautifully done on the linen. The boldness of the concept is muted by arranging the pattern repeatedly in many diagonal rows, which is one of the distinctive characteristics of the prints from this area.. Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Tablecloths in organza silk in exotic colors which complement your furniture and impart a sense of luxury. Beautiful designs are woven on tissue silk fabric by the skilled artisans of Benaras. The weavers are known as karigars, which means artists, who weave in workshops called karkhanas. Almost every inch of space in the karrkhana is taken up by looms, and above each loom hangs a crowded arrangement of strings leading down to the room heddles. The original designs have now been replaced by traditioanl floral patters on dark and pastel shades. Shimmery and soft, these are perfect for a very special dinner with your special guest. No matter which design you choose, these Benarasi table covers show off your great taste.. Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Tablecloths in organza silk in exotic colors which complement your furniture and impart a sense of luxury. Beautiful designs are woven on tissue silk fabric by the skilled artisans of Benaras. The weavers are known as karigars, which means artists, who weave in workshops called karkhanas. Almost every inch of space in the karrkhana is taken up by looms, and above each loom hangs a crowded arrangement of strings leading down to the room heddles. The original designs have now been replaced by traditioanl floral patters on dark and pastel shades. Shimmery and soft, these are perfect for a very special dinner with your special guest. No matter which design you choose, these Benarasi table covers show off your great taste.. Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Tablecloths in organza silk in exotic colors which complement your furniture and impart a sense of luxury. Beautiful designs are woven on tissue silk fabric by the skilled artisans of Benaras. The weavers are known as karigars, which means artists, who weave in workshops called karkhanas. Almost every inch of space in the karrkhana is taken up by looms, and above each loom hangs a crowded arrangement of strings leading down to the room heddles. The original designs have now been replaced by traditioanl floral patters on dark and pastel shades. Shimmery and soft, these are perfect for a very special dinner with your special guest. No matter which design you choose, these Benarasi table covers show off your great taste.. Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Tablecloths in organza silk in exotic colors which complement your furniture and impart a sense of luxury. Beautiful designs are woven on tissue silk fabric by the skilled artisans of Benaras. The weavers are known as karigars, which means artists, who weave in workshops called karkhanas. Almost every inch of space in the karrkhana is taken up by looms, and above each loom hangs a crowded arrangement of strings leading down to the room heddles. The original designs have now been replaced by traditioanl floral patters on dark and pastel shades. Shimmery and soft, these are perfect for a very special dinner with your special guest. No matter which design you choose, these Benarasi table covers show off your great taste.. Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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