Fabric: Modal Silk
Size: 44 inch x 94 inch
Colors: Red, Off White, Brown, Slate Black
Pattern: Geometric, Floral
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: It is handprinted by Kusab Hasam Khatri, Kusab Bhai’s family is originally from Dhamadka, Gujrat where his forefathers did Ajrakh dyeing for hundreds of years. Kusab Bhai learned this craft from his father and has been practicing this for 40 years now. He has four sons and two of them have embraced the Ajrakh craft and carrying on the legacy of this wonderful ancestral craft. His wife does Bandhni work. Pursuing heritage crafts involves active participation from all the members of a family, both men and women. Supporting heritage based crafts like Ajrakh is both environmentally and socially sustainable way to shop.
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.