Hand block printing is a labour-intensive and painstaking process. It can take 5 carvers up to 3 days to create an intricate design on a block of teak for use as a printing block. Separate blocks are required for each of the colors used in a design and it is not unusual to have 4 or 5 colors in a professional design. It can take 20 people, each doing a separate task, up to 8 hours to prepare a single block printed garment. With all this, the results can only be unique.