Hand Block Printed Ajrak 01
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- Ajrak is a traditional part of Sindhi culture
- It usually measures 2.5 to three metres with special block
- printed designs and patterns in intense colours
- white and black used to define the geometric symmetry in design
- Ajrak is a traditional part of Sindhi culture. It usually measures 2.5 to three metres with special block printed designs and patterns in intense colours, mostly rich crimson and deep indigo with some white and black used to define the geometric symmetry in design. In Sindh, it is given as a token of respect to guests; men use it as a turban or wind it around their shoulders, while women use it as a dupatta or drape it as a shawl in winter. It is also placed on a coffin as a mark of respect.
- Innovative people have used it in different ways and now kurtis and bed linen are being marketed internationally using the traditional Ajrak pattern. Its use can be traced to the ancient Indus Valley civilisation (3500-1500BC). A king priest figurine that has been unearthed in Mohenjodaro shows him draped in a shawl, which is believed to be Ajrak.
- The process of making an Ajrak is highly complex and comprises 21 stages. The traditional craftsmen used indigenous, locally produced materials for the printing of Ajrak. Though the procedure is technically the same, natural dyes have been replaced, to a certain extent, by commercial dyes.