Jul 20

The Ajrak Art of Sindh

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DSC03386 301x450 The Ajrak Art of Sindh

The Stamping of Ajrak in Sun Light

Ajrak, The block printed Shawls, a hallmark of Indus Civilization with special design and pattern, made through a very long process that makes it unique and keeps in long lasting.

I stumbled upon one of the Ajrak Making centers while traveling in Bhit Shah, Sindh. The town famous for its shrine of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, a Muslim Sufi scholar and saint considered as one of the greatest poet of Sindhi Language.

I only got to see one of the many processes of Ajrak Making, that was Stamping of the colors, the navy blue and maroon.
I still have an intention to travel back there and capture the whole processes one single Ajrak goes through, to make it wearable.

I have seen people using it as shawls, wall hanging, on key chains, clothing, oh and I have a book mark bought from the Forum Mall Karachi that has Ajrak Art on it icon smile The Ajrak Art of Sindh

It as an Art, and we all should own it as well as promote it Nationally and Internationally. It goes through too many Human Hard work.

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13 Responses to “The Ajrak Art of Sindh”

  1. From jess:

    great work :)
    its high time we start owning and appreciating our own culture and heritage

    Posted on 22. Jul, 2010 at 1:31 am #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @jess: Thanks Jess. I second you.

      Posted on 24. Jul, 2010 at 12:49 am #
  2. From Leila:

    So nice, would love to see the whole process!!!

    Posted on 27. Jul, 2010 at 8:08 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      Thank you Leila. I am trying to go there and capture the whole process :). Lets see if i can make it or not :).

      Posted on 27. Jul, 2010 at 9:19 pm #
  3. From Farhat Khanam:

    I appreciate your effort to bring home a forgotten facet of our diversified culture. Long ago I’ve watched a documentary showing all of its lengthy processes.And you have well captured one of the last ones.

    Posted on 29. Jul, 2010 at 12:28 am #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Farhat: Shukria :). Its just a beginning. I am trying for the whole process :)

      Posted on 29. Jul, 2010 at 1:49 pm #
  4. From Shoaib Alam Khatri:

    Assala o Alaikum danial bhai,
    Awesome pics and very happy to see pics and post about ajrak! :)
    And i am proud that my grandfather was an Ajrak Staper :)

    Posted on 12. Jan, 2011 at 1:07 am #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Shoaib Alam Khatri: W/salam Shoaib :) wow, glad to know about your grand father :) thanks for sharing

      Posted on 13. Jan, 2011 at 10:53 pm #
  5. From komal:

    oh my GOD its vry hard n we took it like its nothng or its vry easy…n its not expensive i think????????thnks again danial…:)

    Posted on 05. Apr, 2011 at 5:46 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Komal: oh yes Komal. we never realize the hardwork being done upon wearing the ajrak :) but it really goes through many many processes :)

      Posted on 08. Apr, 2011 at 8:44 pm #
  6. From Hanny:

    I love Ajrak! The color, the pattern… so vibrant and so pretty! A friend of mine sent me a skirt made from Ajrak cloth, and I just love it! It looks lovely! – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150334710816134&set=a.10150334709446134.349957.550041133&type=3&permPage=1

    Posted on 08. May, 2012 at 8:55 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Hanny: Rumi and Ajrak :)

      Posted on 08. May, 2012 at 9:18 am #
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