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Ajrakh Manjari-7 Indigo Blue Modal Saree

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Go for the effortless drape and timeless abstract floral (Manjari meaning flowers in Hindi) design in this chic natural Indigo saree with deep reds, black and teeming whites. This saree features the Eight pointed star motif interspersed by floral tessellated pattern. The eight pointed star pattern appears in cultures all across globe. In Islamic Art, it represents life, in Hinduism it represents eight forms of wealth, in Buddhist tradition it signifies the eightfold path taught by Buddha, in Judaeo-Christianity it represents beginnings, salvation and super-abundance. In native American traditions hope symbol is represented by the eight pointed star. In Chinese tradition the eight pointed star was a way to represent the entirety of the universe. As Archetypal Number, 8 means- As Above, so Below. As Below, so Above; showing the reflection of the Macrocosm in the Microcosm. Designed and created by Soyab Khatri, a young emerging Ajrakh artisan. This saree is a beautiful confluence of  traditional body and contemporary striped Pallu.

The fabric has been been hand-dyed using ancient traditional ajrakh block printing techniques and natural plant dyes. This soft and cool to the touch beautiful saree is made of modal, a fully biodegradable cellulose based fibre. Can be worn as daytime casual or anytime dressy with silver accessories.

To know more about the maker, process and product please read below in description.

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Fabric: Modal Silk

Blouse: Contrast pattern, Unstitched, 1 meter in length

Saree Length: 5.5 meters

Saree Width: 45 Inches

Colors: Blue, Deep Warm Red, Off White

Pattern: Abstract Floral

Border: Indigo Blue

Pallu: Striped

Occasion: Daytime, Casual, Dressy

Care: Green dry cleaning or separate hand-wash in cold water and mild detergents. Some color may wash off in first few washes. Avoid frequent washing, reverse dry in shade and iron on reverse is recommended to preserve the beauty of this fabric.

Disclaimer: Characteristic imperfections associated with hand block natural dye printing maybe noticed. This is not a flaw but indicative of handmade process. Despite every effort to showcase each product’s color and design, please note that actual colors may vary due to different device settings and other factors.

Made By: This saree on soft modal is handprinted by Soyab Khatri Mohammad using only natural colors. Soyab’s family is originally from Dhamadka where his grandfather Tar Mohamadbhai created Ajrakh for the Maldari. He worked for Rs.2 per day in 1960. He had 9 children, of which Soyab’s father Abdul Karim was the fifth. After the earthquake of 2001, Soyab and his family shifted to Ajrakhpur. Soyab’s family works exclusively with natural dyes and makes fabrics, dupattas, stoles and sarees.

Ajrakh: Traditionally, Ajrakh is the name of a hand block printed cloth with deep crimson red, indigo blue and black, bearing symmetrical patterns with interspersed unprinted sparkling white motifs. Red is acquired from alizarin found in the roots of madder plants. Natural Indigo comes from the leaves of plant called Indigofera tinctoria. The leaves are soaked in water and fermented, which converts the glycoside indican naturally present in the plant to the blue dye indigotin. The precipitate from the fermented leaf solution is mixed with a strong base such as lye. Black color formed from iron shavings, millet flour and molasses with the addition of ground tamarind seeds to thicken the dye. Lot of other colors seen on genuine Ajrakh are derived from other vegetable and natural sources. The history of this ancient craft of resist dyeing can be traced back to the civilizations of the Indus Valley that existed around 2500 BC-1500 BC. Ajrakh dyeing is a long and complex process involving about 14-16 steps. It can take 2-3 weeks to complete. The biggest threat to this craft comes from fast fashion businesses who have imitated these prints in pigment dyes, digital print and mill production.


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