Ajrakhpur Village

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Ajrakhpur is known worldwide for the art of Ajrakh, block printing uses colors derived from nature, such as indigo, henna, turmeric, pomegranate, iron and mud. In some cases, the fabrics are washed up to 20 times.

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Ajrakh fabrics

The printing blocks are hand-carved.

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Printing blocks

Ismail Mohammed Khatri’s traditional expertise in block-printing and natural dyes was given due recognition when De Montfort University of Leicester presented this skilled craftsman with an honorary doctorate in textiles.

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Ismail Mohammed Khatri’s workshop

The Khatris are a community of block-printers adept in the 3,000-year-old art of Ajrakh. The process is complex and involves 16 different processes. Ismail Mohammed Khatri has gained critical acclaim for his innovative use of natural dyes that include a mixture of camel dung, soda ash and castor oil, waste iron, myrobalan, madder, indigo, pomegranate peel boiled in water, sprays of turmeric water and the root of rhubarb!

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Making Pomegranate dye

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Firing up !

Due to a devastating earthquake in 2001, many traditional block-printing artisans of this region were killed or had their homes and workshops destroyed.

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Printer at work

8 Responses to Ajrakhpur Village

  1. Ashiq Ali April 21, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    This very traditional and great work !
    I have also business of Ajrakh in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

    • Madhu April 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi Ashiq,
      Thanks for visiting our blog.
      Do you have a website for your biz? I’d like to check it ouy.

  2. Ashiq Ali November 19, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    Hi Madhu !
    I have no website but soon i’ll get it.
    do u know about screen print scarves?

    • Madhu November 19, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      I am not sure what a screen print scarf is.

  3. Ashiq Ali November 19, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    Are u Chhipa by cast ?
    I am Chhipa and my father belongs to Bekaneir, India and my mother belongs to Sujangarh.

    • Madhu November 19, 2010 at 9:48 am #

      I am not a Chippa (heard it for the first time). In any case, in this day and age do you think it matters?

  4. elizabeth February 15, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    hi, I like your pixes , i like too much the prints made in India, but i was lack of knowndledge about how it made.. i am writing one article i want to ask you if is possible to use one of your photos, i will put the nname of the author, thank you.

    • Madhu February 17, 2011 at 9:31 am #

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Please email 10yearitch@gmail.com with the details of the pics.

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