I still remember the days when I used to have prying eyes over my mom’s cupboard; specifically, her saree collection. Needless to say, I ever missed a chance to drape myself in those beautiful 6 meters long fabric. As a kid, I have always been in a hurry to grow up sooner so that I can fit in my mom’s saree. I have always been fascinated by the number of choices, colors, varieties, and designs of sarees.
One of the most precious inheritance I got from my mom is the love for sarees. As a creative person, I understand the variety of fabrics and colors. Moreover, coming from Rajasthan, I possess a deep affection towards Bandhani, Anjrakh and other block prints.
With the busy and demanding lifestyle, I almost forgot my crazy love for sarees. But coming in contact with Unnati Silks, I got a chance to walk down to my memory lane once again. Got this beautiful Ajrakh Print Cotton Saree from Unnati Silks that combines traditional craft with the contemporary fashion.
What is Ajrakh Printing?
Ajrakh print is one of the early traditional art of woodblock printing practiced by Khatri community. The Ajrakh craft seems to have its roots coming from the Indus Valley Civilization (now in Pakistan). Gujrat and Rajasthan being the neighbor states, have been taking forward this ancient tradition.
If we go by the literal meaning of “Ajrakh”, it says “Aaj ka din rakh” which means keep it today. Ajrakh print designs are a magnificent portrayal of Indian heritage and sophisticated method of printing. This ancient printing technique majorly consists 4 colors; crimson red (madder), white (resist), black (iron acetate), and blue (indigo).
It is a hand block printing that involves designs printed from a wooden block. The design block is dipped in the natural extracted dye colors from the flowers and neatly printed on silk or cotton sarees.
With the increasing demand and popularity of Ajrakh print, not only just the clothing but this can be seen in contemporary products such as home furnishing, scarves, cushions, bedsheets, etc.
Ajrakh Print Cotton Saree
Being traditional is a choice for me, and I carry my choices gracefully. This Ajrakh Print cotton saree is quite lightweight and easy to manage. You can pair it with a contrast-colored blouse; the combination can be worn to formal office parties or events. You may drape it in nivi style or any style of your choice, this saree is surely going to swirl your desi look. It is versatile and minimalistic; just my kind of fashion. You can also gift this wonderful saree to your mom or grandma, she will cherish.