Fig. 1. Women members of the family engaged in the colour-filling activity
Photographs by Neha Thakar
Gujarat has a very rich textile tradition. Kalamkari work, in the form of Mata ni Pachhedi (backdrop of the mother goddess) and Mata no Chandarvo (canopy of the mother goddess…
Krittika Narula: Welcome to the exhibition 'All about Ajrakh'. It is an honour to have you here, and we are all excited. You have had a long association with the crafts and we would love to hear from you how your journey started and about your association with ajrakh.
Jasleen Dhamija: Lovely to…
Mushtak Khan: लोतिका-दी, हमारे भारत में बहुत तरह के textile traditions है, लेकिन अजरख के बारे में लोग बहुत ज्यादा नहीं जानते, तो यह अजरख है क्या? (We have a great variety of textile traditions in India, but Ajrakh is one about which people don't know very much, so could you tell us what it is?)
Sindhu or River Indus emerges from the Himalayas, and flows through the Punjab into Sindh, dividing it lengthwise, as it flows towards the delta into the Arabian Sea. Going back in history to 2500 BCE, the period of the Indus Valley Civilization, indigo, Indigoferra Tinctoria grew abundantly on…