Lay it all out.
Pack up the Lambrusco and salami and create a quintessential Italian picnic with this rust-dyed picnic blanket, complete with a water-resistant underside and cloth strap for easy carrying. This blanket is made entirely by hand, following the ancient Romagnolo tradition of stampa a ruggine, rust dyeing. The top features a rusty-orange ash leaf design, block-printed using a natural rust-extracted dye, wooden block, and mallet.
What to Know:
- Hand-stamped and hand-sewn in Emilia-Romagna
- Water-resistant underside
- 52 x 59 inches
Ecru cotton (top layer), cotton and polyester blend (bottom layer). Dye is made following an ancient recipe with three simple ingredients: vinegar, flour, and rust.
Machine washable. Rust-dye stamped linens are extremely durable! Upon first use, we recommend washing with a bit of bleach, which will help brighten up the color of the rust-based dye itself. For future care, gentle bleach treatment for stains will not affect the dyed patterns. Hang dry and iron for best results.
Nota bene: Do not wash with hydrogen peroxide-based stain removers or color-safe bleach as these products will cause the color to oxidize and eventually wear holes into the fabric. Stick to natural Marseille soap, vegetable-based glicerin soaps, and regular bleach.
About the Producer
Located in Santa Sofia, a small city nestled within the Romagna region, Peromatto is a contemporary textile block printing workshop with roots in the age-old artisanal tradition of ‘rust printing’, stampa a ruggine, particular to the Romagna region of Italy. By combining modern laser technology with traditional wooden block stamps, they are able to carve out their nature-inspired designs with precision while still following the traditional method of hand-block rust printing. Each wooden block is then dipped in a natural rust-extracted dye and imprinted onto linen or cotton fabrics by hand with the help of a mallet. Learn more about the art of rust printing.