Ajrakh, a 3000 years old art form of block printing originated in Sindh, Pakistan; nurtured in Kutch, Gujarat; and Barmer, Rajasthan in India. It is currently made by the Khatris community in Kutch, Gujarat.
It is a resist dying and block printing art of breathtaking beauty on cotton, wool, and silk. From the beginning to the finish it is exclusively handcrafted. It’s name is derived from ‘azarak’, ‘blue’ in Arabic & Persian. Extensive use of indigo in the craft might have prompted to be named as Ajrakh.
Traditionally Ajrakh uses natural dyes including indigo and madder, instead of chemical dyes. It is a block-printed by complex geometric & floral patterns.
The prints are traditionally done on fabric that measures 2.5 – 3.0 metres in length. Both men and women, respectively wear ajrakh printed fabrics as turbans and cummerbunds or dupattas, chadors and shawls, or simply drape it over their shoulders. Shawls display special designs and patterns made using block printing by stamps.
Today, as a response to the increasing modern-day demand, ajrakh prints can be commonly found on contemporary products such as home furnishings.
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