CRAFT TECHNIQUE: Ajrakh Blockprint
AJRAKH was brought to Kutch In the 16th Century, from Sindh (today, in Pakistan), to Dhamadka, a village close to the Saran River of saline water - good for dyeing of Ajrakh cloth. In the 1940's, the bright chemical colours and synthetic fabrics swamped the markets, putting Ajrakh printing into a "pause-mode". Then in the 60's, this craft re-woke up thanks to local craftsmen and patron's efforts. The Khatri families that reside particularly in Ajrakhpur, Gujarat, have been known to excel at Ajrakh printing and, today, continue the traditional techniques of their ancestors.
KHAMIR works to strengthen and promote the rich artisanal traditions of Kutch district (Gujarat, India). Khamir was born in 2005 and it serves as a platform for the promotion of traditional handicrafts and allied cultural practices, the processes involved in their creation, and the preservation of culture, community and local environments. At Khamir, they strive to create a democratic and empowering space - a common roof under which a range of stakeholders can exchange ideas and collaborate. They work to shift consumer perspectives and raise the cultural value placed on crafts. Their vision is of a vibrant, sustainable Indian craft sector in which crafts and artisans alike are highly valued by people worldwide.
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