Sarah Zellweger is the founder and head designer of SZ Blockprints. Originally from New York, Sarah is now based in London by way of California and Jaipur.
Seeking a modern reimagining of traditional patterns, SZ Blockprints is Sarah’s long-standing dream that she made a reality after years of juggling multiple jobs and a fortuitous meeting with a multigenerational printing family in Jaipur. Together the team collaborates on design and production, and run the SZ foundation together.
Our head washer, Ameer Ji, who oversees softening and washing of all fabric.
Yashoda, who handles all of our pressing and ironing (left). A constant source of warmth and zest.
Zeitoun (right) is a house hold fixture and an integral part of the SZ Blockprints community. She is a jack of all trades around the printing facility helping out however she can. She is always keen to sneak a cheeky beedi!
This is Manju, my partner in SZ Blockprints, spiritual guide, fearless and endless inspiration. She has run the family business taking over from her sister-in-law Kitty when she became ill for years. Kitty is know as the mother of blockprint in Jaipur and we have revived many of her original designs bringing them back to life.
This is the production workshop, a little slice of heaven, shown here in the melting Jaipur dusk (left).
Drying freshly washed fabric on the roof top (right).
Nankishor Ji, whose been printing with us for 35 years. We collaborate on colour matchings and prints. His eye, skill and precision are indelible.
Sufi Ji, a master printer, with a massive heart.
Abhishek, 'Abhi' (right) is our export manager, computer whizz and man on the ground.
All of our tassels are hand made by a women-run tassel business in Jaipur. Here is Urmilla, who started the business ten years ago. Women come pick up a pile of garments to attach tassels to in the morning and either bring them home to complete the work or meet to create tassels together, gossip and laugh. Each tassel is lovingly hand made and the detail is so special.
Photos by Ali Kate Cherkis.