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Ajrakh- A labour of Love - Seven Sarees

Ajrakh- A labour of Love

There are multiple ways to transfer patterns and colors to sarees. But one that is unique for its painstaking nature, making it an ultimate labor of love is the Ajrakh Print. Here are seven points to remember and ponder when you purchase an Ajrakh saree

  1. The Technique: Ajrakh is a form of block print that uses resist printing to print on both sides of the fabric as a technique apart from just the block printing. More than 20 steps are involved in creating an Ajrakh print on a saree which gives an almost 3 dimensional view to the print.

  1. The Colors: The typical colors one can find this product are those that are naturally available like blue,red, yellow and green. Added to this is the fact that authentic Ajrakh sarees are made with natural dyes only.

  1. The Location: Most of Ajrakh products today are made in Ajrakhpur, in the desert city of Bhuj. Post the disastrous earthquake, many artisans were forced to relocate almost ending this craft but their exceptional courage combined with support from NGO’s , this art form is finding a new revival.

  1. The History: Ajrakh is not just a technique but is a Sindhi tradition and can be traced to the Indus valley civilization. It is one of the oldest surviving crafts of the world.

  1. The significance: Truly inspired by nature and all things natural , The universe is thought to be symbolized by Ajrakh because of the color scheme used. White signifies clouds, black denotes sunsets, blue represents the entire universe, and red indicates earth . 

  1. The Pattern: Geometric repeats, significant of block prints, are common in Ajrakh as well. But Ajrakh block will typically have an unique border and a centre motif in its repeats.

  1. The care: When you buy an original Ajrakh saree, it must also be treated with the same love and care that created it. Never machine wash it , just dip it with cold water and mild detergent and dry it away from direct sunlight. Treat it like an art connoisseur would, a heritage piece. Not like a fast fashion product.

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