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Ajrakh Masterclass

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

With Jabbar & Adam Khatri

$895 [Includes $200 lab fee] Class limit 16. Sept 4-8 Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

This workshop has been specially designed by master artisans Jabbar and Adam Khatri to complete the traditional process of ajrakh block-printing in 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 organic cotton. Each student will receive a set of traditional ajrakh hand-carved hardwood printing blocks.

But this workshop is about far more than technique—it is a rare opportunity to learn from a father-and-son team who are 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 and Adam join us from the Kachchh Desert, India.

Jabbar and Adam will also exhibit their work in the Five Artisans Exhibition.

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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 practised by the Khatris of the Kacchh 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.

Foremost of those pushing the craft to new levels are the father-son team of Jabbar and Adam Khatri. Jabbar in particular has rethought the production and geometry of ajrakh to elevate it to the level of textile masterpiece. His son Adam shares his skill and has a profound fondness for our favourite natural dye—indigo.

The Khatris live near Bhuj in the Kachchh Desert of Gujarat, India. Today they produce some of the most outstanding textiles being made.

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