Ajrakh - Technique and Tradition


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada

With Jabbar & Adam Khatri

$695 [Includes $100 lab fee] Class limit 16. Sept 13-17 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

This workshop has been specially designed by master artisans Jabbar and Adam Khatri to move the traditional process of ajrakh block-printing into five full days.

Students will learn the secrets of ajrakh cloth preparation, scouring, and mordant application before moving on to resist application and full immersion dyeing. All steps will be taught in the traditional manner using authentic materials, natural dyes, and hand-carved wooden printing blocks. 

But this workshop is about far more than technique—it is a rare opportunity to learn from two members of one of India’s most famous families of craftspeople. The Khatris will augment their teaching with slideshows and discussions of the role of ajrakh both in the past and into the future.

Jabbar & Adam will also give a lecture, and lead an event.

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Jabbar & Adam Khatri 

Traditional ajrakh block-printing is one of the most iconic crafts to survive into the twenty-first century. But ajrakh, as practiced by the Khatris of the Kutch Desert, has done much more than just survive; it has flourished and expanded to become a craft with a keen sense of tradition and a vision for how this tradition can be taken into the future by a new generation of ajrakh artisans.