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May 5

Indian Block Printing Workshop and Street Food Event

May 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm BST

Would you like to learn how to design, carve and print your own block printed item? Would you like to taste an array of Indian street food?

During this workshop + food event we’ll explore the ancient art of Indian block printing and taste traditional Indian street food dishes including Bhel Puri, Handvo and Gulab Jamun cake (all veggie with vegan options available).

We’ll start the evening with a hand blended masala chai. We’ll then gather some inspiration to draw and carve our own designs onto lino, before using the block to practice printing. Once ready, you’ll choose to print either a cushion cover or a tote bag to take home with you. At the mid-point we’ll stop for Indian street food before rounding off the evening with a modern take on a classic Indian dessert.

This event is open to adults only and is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. The learning environment will be relaxed and there will be plenty of time for questions.


Everything you need for the class is included in the ticket cost including drawing materials, carving equipment and printing materials. All food and chai is included.


Alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase on the night – these will be charged as extra.

Block printing kits will be available to buy at the end of the class if you’d like to continue printing at home.


6pm: Arrive at the café and a welcome masala chai

6.30pm: Class begins

– Drawing

– Carving

– Printing

Mid-point: Indian street food

9-10pm: Dessert + Home time

Maximum class size: 8. Attendees will be sent further details closer to the event date.

Have a question? Email us at jen@thaliandtuk.com

Follow us at instagram.com/thali.and.tuk/ and instagram.com/kb.eats/

What is Block Printing?

Block printing is the technique of pressing and stamping fabric with carved blocks, which results in pieces which are truly original.

It is a traditional art that has been practiced in India for more than 500 years and different styles are practiced in different regions. From botanical prints called Kalamkari in Southern India (Andhra Pradesh) to multi-process block patterns called Ajrak in the West (Gujarat). Rajasthan is the most well-known region for its block printing communities – it was here that my block printing journey began.

Block printing is a slow process – one which demands attention and patience. It’s considered a slow craft because of its traditional nature, using hands to create something instead of machines. Slow crafts are great for the mind as they allow us to switch off from the fast-paced digital world and focus on one considered task. I hope you enjoy crafting something unique in this workshop, I can’t wait to see what you make!


May 5, 2023
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm BST
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Green Routes Cafe
39 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RB
Oxford, OX4 1RB GB
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