Ajrak is a traditional art of block printing practised in the Kutch region of Gujarat. Ajrak is believed to have had its origins in the Indus Valley Civilisation. Originally the Khatri community lived along the banks of river Sindh, which is now in Pakistan. The community migrated to Kutch and settled there. Ajrak or Azark literally means 'blue' in Arabic and can be easily associated with the Ajrak printing due to the prominence of blue in the art.
The process of creating the Ajrak print is extremely painstaking and time consuming. It involves multiple steps of dyeing and resist printing using natural dyes and mordants. There are a number of people involved in the process of manufacturing a single piece of fabric.
At Weaves of Tradition, we love all things Ajrak. From sarees to stoles and fabrics. We source it all from the manufacturers from Ajrak and bring it to your doorstep. Modern technology has helped create screen printed versions of Ajrak that are much cheaper and easier to create. However, we source only the hand block printed Ajrak in its original form. When you buy Ajrak from Weaves of Tradition you can be assured of its authenticity and quality.