Ajrakh Block Print Shawl - Silk & Cotton - Bold

$180.00

A stunning Ajrakh shawl block printed with natural dyes on soft handwoven silk and cotton. Light, airy and a joy to wear, with hand tied pom pom tassels around the border. This shawl features patterns that are timeless, revealing a remarkable play between figure and line. 

Ajrakh is a traditional block printing technique. For centuries hand-carved wooden blocks have been used to print eloquent geometric patterns on cloth in natural dyes. These Ajrakhs are made by a family that has been block printing for over nine generations - the Khatri family residing in the Kachchh desert of Gujarat, India.

The process of making an Ajrakh is a long one, involving between thirteen and twenty distinct steps. The many processes of scouring, washing, printing, dyeing, and final washing can take up to three weeks to complete. Much of the beauty and depth of Ajrakh cloth comes from the intricacy of the imprint that is left by the artisan’s hand. Slight variations are to be celebrated.

Fiber: Silk & Cotton

Process: Handwoven and hand block printed with natural dyes by master craftspeople in Kachchh, India.

Size is approx. 45" x 89"

Worn with: the Narlai Tunic

Care Instructions: Hand wash in cool water. To protect the natural dyes and natural fabrics you absolutely must use a pH neutral liquid detergent. Roll in a towel to remove excess water and hang to dry. 

Recommended detergents: Ecos, Eucalan, or a mild liquid detergent no higher than pH 7.

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