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The Art of Ajrakh

  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Jabbar & Adam Khatri

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

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.

Join Jabbar Khatri and his son Adam Khatri as they explain what it is to practice a craft that goes back over ten generations. Jabbar’s father could sell his block prints in the local market, but Jabbar and Adam now deal with corporate clients and international exhibitions — new challenges in a fast-changing world.

The Khatris will also explore the technical innovation necessary to move the natural-dye block-print technique onto other fibres (such as silk and wool) and talk about the execution of masterworks: exquisite double-sided, large-format ajrakhs.

Jabbar and Adam will also teach two workshops and exhibit their work.