Ajrakh from Kutch, Gujarat

Ajrakh textiles derive its name from the Arabic word azrak, meaning indigo. Resist printed on both sides in dominant shades of indigo and madder is the characteristic of this craft. The printing is an elaborate process facilitating selective dyeing with the aid of resists through the reaction of the mordants with natural colours.

Ajrakh is part of the cultural heritage of the desert regions of Kutch and Thar in India along with Sindh in Pakistan. These textile pieces were traditionally worn by Kachchhi Muslim of the Maldhari community as a lungi (the men`s lower garment) but are now commonly used by women as scarves, shawls and even sarees.