Ajrakh – It’s not just another fabric

When the world is bustling with “sustainability” and “environment-friendly” as the newest trends of the future, for many centuries, innumerable crafts have existed in harmony with nature. One such craft is the Ajrakh.

Traditionally, Ajrak is the name of a block printed cloth with deep crimson red and indigo blue background, bearing symmetrical patterns with scattered unprinted sparkling white motifs. Ajrakh is an example of true craftsmanship where maker and materials forms a close unity.

The magic of Ajrakh lies in the seamless amalgamation of the natural colors and elaborate blocks resulting in a fascinating patterns!

Knowledge is absorbed and becomes a part of one’s existence. It is then intuitive and not written. Ajrakh similarly, is a part of craftsmen’s life, his existence, his psyche. Inspiration to him is directly from his immediate environment:

The life giving water from the ever flowing river;

The constant energy from sun;

The sacred, vibrant colors from the plants and rocks;

The hands of the artisan;

The intricately carved wooden blocks, from the heart of the tree trunks, which brings life to the fabric.

The making of an Ajrakh is like witnessing creation unfold itself!

4 thoughts on “Ajrakh – It’s not just another fabric

  1. Hello Priyam and Bhoomi ,
    Congratulations on your new website..it’s gorgeous and I am thrilled for you all.
    I love reading this about ajrakh as I am obsessed with this technique and want to learn how
    do it…another trip to India for sure! Winter is over here in Maine USA which means I can wear my beautiful shoes I ordered from you last fall. I have been following your news on Facebook and awaiting the website so I can think about the beautiful clothes you are making as well…hmmmmm!
    Kind regards and thankyou for making the world a more beautiful place…

    Antonia

    1. Dear Antonia,

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      It is our pleasure to have you as our client.

      – Priyam, Team Vraj:bhoomi

  2. Team Vrajbhoomi,
    Congratulations !
    I’m so glad to find Vrajbhoomi crafts online . Being a vivid admirer of Indian Textiles, “The spirit of Ajrakh “imbedded in Vrajbhoomi crafts with quite innovative block patterns make my experience with it wonderful every time .
    Keep up the good work !

    Best,
    Renuka..

    1. Dear Renuka,

      We appreciate you writing to us.

      And we are humbled to hear that you too a textile admirer.

      – Priyam, Team Vraj:bhoomi

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