John Robshaw Fabric: Exclusive blockprinted linen fabrics for
drapery or upholstery. Duralee Fabric presents John Robshaw Collection. After
he earned a fine arts degree at Pratt and studied traditional block printing in China,
JohnRobshaw journeyed to India to find natural indigo dye for his paintings. Instead, he
fell in love with the local artisans fabric-making traditions. The hands-on immediacy and
vitality of textiles dyed, printed, woven, stitched, and worn piqued what was to become
a lifelong fascination. Now John works with various workshops in India, where he travels
several months out of the year to oversee production, experiment with new dyeing and
printing techniques, and to work alongside the artisans creating the fabrics. He takes
care to cultivate and preserve their traditional techniques, but not only in India. As a
consultant for Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic
opportunities for craftspeople in developing nations, John has traveled to Vietnam,
Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and most recently, Bolivia, in support of the textile artisans there.
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