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The Alluring Beauty of Ajrakh

The name Ajrakh comes from the Arabic word for indigo, and its technique dates as far back as the Indus Valley Civilization. Its hypnotic patterns take inspiration from the delicacy in nature and pays homage to the majestic designs of historic architecture, all rendered on cloth using the resist-dye technique.

Ajrakh Indigo Tie-Up Kaftan


The rhythmic sounds of wooden hand blocks pressing down on fabrics is a sound that has been heard over centuries, and now lies concentrated in the tiny region of Ajrakhpur in Gujarat. Here, the making of Ajrakh is a community effort, involving an intensive 16-step process of washing, dyeing, printing and drying led by the Khatris.

The Khatri Brothers


This 10-generational family starting with the late Mohammed Siddique recognised the global appeal of Ajrakh and set the wheels turning to bring this art form to the forefront. The beating heart of Ajrakh now lies in the hands of Razzaq, Ismail and Jabba — the three Khatri Brothers who have brought in modern sensibilities to this ancient technique.

Ajrakh in Making


Grassroot’s line of Ajrakh crafts is a culmination of their efforts and our commitment to sustainable fashion, creating a collection of exquisite wooden block prints on scarfs, tops and kurtas, employing traditional hand-block printing techniques and natural dyes.

Tropical Ajrakh Dress and Jacket


What makes this art even more special is that it is practiced close to the artisans’ homes, where they not only get to keep a close eye on each process but also give each step their individual attention. By investing in these products, you are not only supporting the art’s continued existence, but also the livelihood of artisans who practice them.

Here are a few of our handcrafted Ajrakh pieces from Grassroot by Anita Dongre:

Indigo Aaina Set –  SHOP NOW



Indigo Striped Kaftan –  SHOP NOW


Ajrakh Stole –  SHOP NOW