The Art of Passion : Handblock Printed Ajrakh Sarees
Ajrakh Sarees do not need an introduction these days. They are popular among all strata of society. Ajrakh Sarees were heart of Sindh, Now in Pakistan.
The Ajrakh handicraft has been practicing mainly in the Khatri community ,Khatri community had migrated from Sindh to Kutch somewhere in 16th century. They were the ones who got art of adding shine or glitter on to the fabric. The art of weaving Great women leaders like Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto were seen wearing Ajrakh Sarees.
Ajrakh handblock printing is done on Cotton,Modal ,Mashru and Modal silk. Ajrakh sarees comes in lovely geometric patterns, symbolizing Mughal architecture ii their designs. The combination of Ajrakh handblock prints in different fabrics has made everyone fallen in love with this mud art, now its every women's dream to own at least one piece of these earthy tone sarees.
Very few of us knows that Ajrakh means keep it today, Aaj means today in Hindi and Rakh means keep it here. Making Ajrakh fabrics and dying them involves lot of hard work, It includes multi levels of dying and drying the fabric before processing and dispatching to various markets in India and international markets.