Ajrakh is an ancient block-printing method on textiles that originated in the present day provinces of Sindh in Pakistan and the neighbouring Indian districts of Kutch in Gujarat and Barmer in Rajasthan. The word ‘ajrakh’ itself connotes a number of different concepts. Ajrakh printing is an ancient artistic tradition, whose development has seen the contribution of many cultures, which is apparent from the prevalent designs. Explore More
Bandhani is an ancient tie-and-dye technique indigenous to the western Indian state of Gujarat and certain communities in neighbouring Rajasthan, holds a special place in the rich Indian textile industry. The art of Bandhani is a highly skilled process. With evolving technology and growing investments, bandhani stands at the cusp of global glory. Explore More
The word ‘ikat’ is derived from the Malay-Indonesian word ‘mengikat’ which translates to ‘to tie’. Ikat is a resist dye technique used to pattern textiles. The more common methods of resist dyeing involve covering parts of a fabric to shield the reserved areas from penetration of the dye, as in tie-dyeing, where threads are wound around the fabric, or in batik, where wax is applied to the surface of the cloth.
Tangaliya weaving, also known as Daana weaving is practiced in Surendranagar district of Gujarat. This intricate process of twisting extra weft while weaving creates beautiful geometrical patterns and forms. The essence of Tangaliya weaving is the compositions created by colourful dots, which is simultaneously created on both the sides of the fabric. Explore More
Appliqué is an ancient technique of creating beautiful and decorative items with different pieces of cloth. In India, applique has been a part of religious traditions for centuries, though it also holds historic prominence in countries such as China, Benin, Pakistan and Egypt. The art is also prominent in Gujarat among the Rabari community. Explore More
Ashavali brocade silk sarees are known for Gujarat’s rich textiles that weaves its stories around birds singing, animals dancing and flowers blooming. These surfaces were further calendered to lay emphasis on the smoothness and thinness. The value and intensity of colors changed with the passage of time. These brocades have gone through enormous changes over the centuries.
The rich and diverse creative traditions of Kachchh (often written as “Kutch”) live at the intersection of cultures and communities. . Weavers are closely linked socioeconomically with their local clients, the Ahirs, Rajputs, and Rabaris. The designs woven into Kachchhi woven fabrics were inspired by the communities who wore them, replicating the shapes of musical instruments, the footsteps of an animal herd, etc. Explore More