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Ajrakh Sarees

The beautiful block print is known for its appealing patterns and intricate designs. Let’s go back in time to know more about the Ajrakh sarees origin. The extravagant print originated in the Sindh region and from Ajrakhpur in Gujarat. Ajrakh sarees bring us closer to our roots. The digital printed sarees strengthen our bond with our colourful culture. There are various printing and dyeing techniques used to create beautiful designs and patterns on the saree. This art takes a lot of skills. The various colours used for ajrakh print represent various symbols. The colours represent the beautiful aspects of nature, red and maroon represent the land and the soil while colours like white and blue represent the sky and water.

Origin of Ajrakh Saree

Originating from the Kutch region of Gujarat, India, Ajrakh sarees hold rich heritage value. The word “Ajrakh” is derived Arabic word “Azrak” which means blue. 

Azrakh is a block-printed saree with blue as the prominent base colour. The designs and motifs of the block prints are inspired by the cultural influence of the region and tell the tale of historic trade routes through labour-intensive hand-printed sarees. 

The process involves the meticulous curation of the blocks and the use of natural dyes like indigo, that make every piece of saree unique. It strongly reflects the cultural values and roots of the origin of the craft that requires traditional understanding and exclusive craftsmanship.



A Timeless Beauty

It's the environment that inspires the craftsmen to a great extent. The beautiful art is extremely detailed and extremely appealing to the eye. The ajrakh sarees were initially popular in western parts of India like Gujarat and Rajasthan but are now trending all over the nation. Today, beautiful printed sarees and digital printed sarees are worn all over India.

Style It Right!

Ajrakh print sarees look great with silver jewellery. The silver jewellery generally compliments the design of the extravagant saree. Silver jhumkas or even bangles look great with ajrakh saree online. They elevate the look of the saree.

Ajrakh saree blouses will always elevate the look of the saree. The beautiful print on the digital printed saree makes it stand out. One can wear ajrakh print saree blouse with a plain cotton saree or even a digital printed saree.

One can also go for the indo-western look by pairing the printed saree with a bag or even a leather belt. Indo-western looks are currently trending. One can also style ajrakh sarees with designer blouses to give them a glamorous look. 


Which state is Ajrakh Saree?

Traditionally associated with the state of Gujarat, its roots originate from the region of Kutch. Ajrakh means blue signifying the prominent use of natural indigo dye to create masterpieces that are designed with block prints. 

These hand-printed sarees hold a special cultural and heritage value as every saree design is inspired by a story that depicts the trade routes of India. These sarees are created with intense labour and excellent craftsmanship by a specific Khatri community of Gujarat.

How to identify Ajrakh Saree?

There are several characteristics of the art that one needs to look for to distinguish as an Ajrakh saree. Some of its unique characteristics are:

  • Geometric patterns and motifs are the specialisations of this hand-block-printed piece of six-yard cloth. You can check for symmetrical arranged repetitive design on the overall piece.
  • Indigo blue is the dominating colour of every Ajrakh saree as the name itself means blue. The use of natural indigo dye makes it unique and extraordinary.
  • Involving intensive labour, traditional Ajrakh sarees are printed on both sides of the cloth with similar patterns.
  • Ajrakh sarees have motifs inspired by traditional tales with distinctive red and black borders printed on soft fabric like linen, cotton or silk.

One must purchase this exclusive saree only from reputable sources like Karigiri to ensure that you are adding an authentic piece to your wardrobe.

Is Ajrakh a print or fabric?

Ajrakh is the name for indigo blue that is predominantly used for creating geometric motifs on a piece of cloth. Thus it is a type of print and not a fabric. 

The designs are carefully crafted on the blocks that are used to print the saree which can be a cotton saree or a silk one. Meticulous designs are labour-intensive and are inspired by cultural and traditional values that are printed in the form of tales on the sarees. 

The block prints are normally printed on either side of the cloth with identical designs that make the saree unique and exclusive. The printing technique and the natural dye add to the elegance and opulence of the saree.

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