This is a photoessay on the art of block printing called \u2018Ajrakh\u2019.\nThe process described here, is the same for any block print art. The speciality of Ajrakh is that they use specific patterns with several colors. Dyeing with several colors one after the other, requires precision.\nAll dyes are natural \u2013 vegetable as well as other natural origin such as iron.\n\nEntering Ajrakhpur\n\n\nThe Mastercraftsman \u2013 a man I respect tremendously for his art and his philosophy\nThe Starting Point \u2013 plain cotton bales\n\nThe first treatment\nThe inventory of blocks \u2013 each with a unique pattern\nSelecting a block\n\n\n \nWhen the student is ready, the teacher appears\u2026..\nCreating a pattern, one block stamp at a time\u2026\n\n\nPreparing the dye\nWells of dye\nAfter dyeing\n\nSun drying\nFront and back\nDemonstrating that the background dye does not affect the blocked art print\nThe pieces above were meant to be single color prints so the process ended there.If additional colors are used, part of this process is repeated, to produce this\n\nand this\n\nand this\n\nAn article of clothing called the \u2018ajrakh\u2019 is specially used locally mainly by the men. It is unique in the fact that the block printing is done on both sides of the cloth, again with precision that requires the design to be matched on both sides of the cloth.\nThis means that if you place your finger on a red petal on one side of the cloth, and poke a hole through the cloth, your finger will emerge out of a red petal printed on the other side !\n\n \n\na terrible image of a wonderful textile\nContrast the double sided print with the single sided print below\n\nThese textiles are worked upon in two parts and stitched together along the length in the center.\n\nAjrakh work continues on both sides of the India \u2013 Pakistan border, with minor evolutionary variations.\nA few ajrakh works are also available in the wovensouls collection.\njm\np.s. My guide was a young dealer from Bhuj, who sold me some antique pieces at an exhibition in Bombay. We connected, and out of sheer hospitality, he invited me to visit Kutch someday. \u2018Someday\u2019 a few months later, I arranged to go to Kutch and he showed me around all of Kutch urban and rural, that on my own I may never have discovered. If you wish to connect with him do write to me.\nRead a similar article on Hmong Batik Art here\n\n\n\n\n\nThe post Ajrakh Block Print Art appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.