One of the most specialised and finest kind of block printing, Ajrakh is a popular traditional art form of Kutch. A length and detailed, highly skilled process is part of the creation of a fine Ajrakh print involving resist printing and indigo dye.
The entire process of printing Ajrakh thus involves 13 stages that are inevitably more expensive to produce, but the result is a wonderful depth of colour not achievable with surface printing.
Patola has a royal history. Silk weavers of the Salvi caste from the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra chose Gujarat as the home for their renowned patola fabric. It is said that this technique is taught to no one in the family, but only to the sons. It can take six months to one year to make one sari due to the long process of dying each strand separately before weaving them together. Patola was woven in Surat, Ahmedabad, and Patan. Highly valued in Indonesia, became part of the local weaving tradition there.
Bandhani is symbolic of the heritage of the desert state. Bandhani isn’t just an art or a fabric, it is a whole emotion, one that is full of the most vivid hues of our rich culture. Besides being one of the most sparkling jewels in the crown of Rajasthani handicrafts, Bandhej is also popular in the states of Gujarat, and parts of Uttar Pradesh as well.
Today, the geometric designs have attracted textile lovers who have pushed for converting these Bhujodi weaves into sarees. Bhujodi weavers have adapted to this change, and well.