Ajrak is a block-printed textile that is resist-dyed using natural dyes, including indigo and madder. It is made in Kutch, Gujarat and is distinguished by its color- blue with red — and its complex geometric & floral patterns.
This here is a hand-painted and hand-printed fabric wall hanging of dimensions 111.8x152.5 cms (length x breadth). It is especially unique as Khalid Amin, the maker of the block printed ajrakh fabric is the only one, who also hand-paints one of a kind paintings of monuments on these fabrics. The versatility of the print, colors and natural motifs employed lead to the fabrics suitability to be used for a number of purposes.
Get yourself one these block printed Ajrakh wall hangings, and flaunt your culture with pride.
Khalid Khatri resides in the village of Ajrakhpur, about 15 km from Bhuj in Gujarat. At 27, he is a recognised talent and nonconformist in the respected Khatri community – which is best known for its indigo-and-madder block printed cloth, Ajrakh. Khalid infuses asymmetry into block printing — an art form that is traditionally and fundamentally symmetric. This decision might appear simple, but coupled with his approach it is enough for those in his village to affectionately call him ‘the crazy one’. Khalid was not interested in the boring lessons of school, so after seventh grade, he went to Mumbai to work as a salesman. But the work was hard and the salary was low, so he returned to Kutch and began working with his uncle in their traditional block printing. Observing and seeking guidance, within three years, he understood most aspects of Block Printing. A good artisan, in Khalid’s view, should know everything, from making blocks to creating designs. He says he is an...