How artisans in India achieve the sophisticated swirled effect on bedding.
The timeless look of marble evokes a classic elegance that we simply can’t get enough of. From wall shelves to coffee tables and soap disks, the swirled surface looks cool anywhere you put it at home. But when the pattern makes its way to the bedroom as bedding, the result is truly one-of-a-kind—literally. Every marbleized duvet cover and sham set we sell has a pattern all its own, thanks to a traditional hand-dipping process that’s similar to one you likely learned in elementary art class. As you’ll see in photos and video below, our artisans move fabric in and out of dye to create the swirled effect.
Working in a shallow pool filled with cold water and ink (which floats on the surface), the artisans pull a large cotton fabric panel into the water and drag it along the pool’s base until it reaches the other side.
Multiple artisans are needed to hold the duvet fabric, which they lift in and out of the dye. They rotate the fabric to swirl the ink along its surface. This hour-long process mixes and circulates the colors, lending a unique marble pattern to each piece.
After the perfect marbleized effect is achieved, the fabric is line dried.
Once dry, the marbleized fabric is stitched to a solid base panel and finished along the edges.