This Fish Printing Block is an homage to the legacy of fish in the Christian tradition. Throughout the scriptures, fish have played a prominent role in many familiar stories. There was the time when the Disciples caught more fish than they could handle; and the time Peter found a coin in the fish’s mouth; and, of course, the time God sent a large fish to swallow Jonah.
The traditional craft of woodcarving has played an important role for many generations throughout the artisan communities in small towns and agricultural villages in north central India. Each artisan uses hand tools to skillfully carve blocks of sustainable Indian Rosewood into fine treasures, which requires mastery to create the intricate carving, filigree and inlay work. Artisans finish and detail each item with natural wax and non-toxic paints.
MatrBoomie partners with artisans who belong to collectives that provide basic services and development solutions to enable self-sufficiency, including healthcare and education. Literacy rates and income opportunities are quite limited in the area, so woodcraft production is vital for community livelihoods. MatrBoomie’s focus centers on creating sustainable income generation, skills development, and raw material allocation for artisans throughout India.