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Ajrakh is a well-known traditional vegetable dyeing that resists block-printing techniques on cloth. Originated in Kutch, It is nearly around 4,500 years old practised by Khatri community of Kutch and Sikh.

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Process of Natural Dying

Ajrakh is usually printed as a single-sided (ekpuri) and double-sided (bipuri). Conventional 'Ajrakh' entails diverse stages of dyeing and withstand printing the usage of natural dyes and mordants. Indigo and madder are the primary hues that are used for dyeing. The withstand and a few colors are printed on the cloth the usage of carved wooden blocks. those blocks are carved with problematic symmetrical styles in order that the same block can be used for each side of the cloth.

Ajrakh of Kutch

All of Ajrakh's ingredients are made from nature, including herbs, botanical essences, and natural minerals. Some of the common ingredients are wild indigo, pomegranate bark and seeds, and hardwoods. Camel dungs, which are abundant in the region, are used as a material to remove starch from the dough. In ancient times, Ajrakh was printed on both sides. The herders who traditionally wore Ajrakh left home before sunrise and could not distinguish the right side from the other side in the dark because there was no electricity at that time. That's why Ajrakh was printed in both sides.