January 20, 2017

All about Ajrakh !!!! ‘Ajrak’ is a word that has its origins in the Arabic language and comes from “azrak”, meaning ‘blue’. The word actually describes a cloth that stretches for about 2.5 to 3 meters and is highlighted primarily with dark indigo and beautiful crimson (red) colours.Ajrak is a type of block-print textile craft that has a special connection with the Sufi culture that dominates the Sindh region. This is why there are numerous Ajrak makers close to the sacred shrines in the interior parts of the Sindh. There are usually 4 main themes used for making Ajrak:

  1. Teli Ajrak
  2. Do Rangi Ajrak
  3. Sabuni Ajrak
  4. Kori Ajrak

The printers print real Ajrak on either side of the cloth. This is also referred to as “resist printing”.

Ajrak printing is done manually using wooden hand-carved blocks.

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