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Ajrak

Ajrak (also written Ajrakh) is a cloth that hails from the desert regions of the Indian Subcontinent. Specifically produced in Pakistan’s Sindh province and Kutch in India, this textile has been used for thousands of years to create a wide assortment of textile goods.

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Ajrak from Pakistan

June 1st, 2019

“I had chosen Ajrak fabric as it is made by pure cotton, without use of any chemicals. It is purely hand made. Ajrak word came from Sindhi language…and its meaning in Sindhi, Hindi, and Urdu is ‘keep for the day’.”

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Sun, Fire, River: Ajrak Cloth from the Soil of Sindh

This fascinating documentary video was produced after years of research into traditional ajrak cloth making in Sindh. It attempts to express the unbreakable bond between the elements used in the production of Ajrak cloth and their importance to regional life. Following the elaborate, multi-staged process of Ajrak production, the film takes us through the artisan’s “dance” with the cloth in a profession marked by precision, dedication and pride. The results are sumptuous, vivid shawls that extend the motifs of balance and rhythm seen in Sufi temples.

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Sindh Jo Ajrak: Cloth From The Banks Of The River Indus

This is the only major work on Ajrak, the famous double-printed cotton cloth of Sindh, Pakistan. Since the earliest trading contacts between Europe and Asia, this cloth has been appreciated and much sought after. The Venetian Niccolao Manucci wrote in 1659 that it “lasts beyond all cloths that I have used”, and the Englishman William Fremlin noted that “… of all sorts of Indian goods, none are in such request as those of Synda…” Years of painstaking research by the author lies behind this book, which minutely describes the twenty-odd laborious stages of producing ajrak. The book is unusual in that it also includes a detailed directory of the craftsmen she found who still practice the traditional craft correctly. With this book, the humble Sindhi craftsmen who have struggled to maintain a long and culturally significant tradition have received their monument. The craft has revived in recent years, and beautiful photographs well document this remarkable textile-making process.

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