Indian Saree – Ajrakh hand block printed tussar silk saree
Ajrakh sari on hand-woven tussar silk – inspired by the colors of monsoon in Kutch.
Kutch landscape, being a semi-arid region, is dominated with colors of golden brown and golden yellow for most of the year. But the terrain sees a growth of green even with the few inches of rainfall we receive during the monsoon. Translated into print, this sari represents the color-ways and terrain of Kutch landscape during the monsoon.
In all 19 hand-carved wooden blocks were used to create this delicate layout. Most of the block patterns here are modern in design but layered with the traditional aesthetic of abstract geometry and vegetal motifs. Some of the patterns are influenced by motifs in Turkish tiles. While some patterns are made by combining large abstract leaves with traditional motifs. And some inspired by the shape of the grills – like the design in the border.
And the rich texture and natural gold color of hand-woven tussar silk, adds a subtle shading of its own to the final print and natural dye tone.
Hand-woven in Bhagalpur village, Bihar, this sari carries intricate Ajrakh block-print patterns.
Dyed in indigo, madder, fermented iron, pomegranate skin and haldi the sari carries unique color combinations unlike any in traditional Ajrakh.