Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ajrakh Auction - Don't Miss It.


Ajrakh Auction

Thursday April 16th at 7:30 pm
in the Net Loft on Granville Island.


Join us as we transform the Net Loft into a gallery. There will be a multi-media presentation and talk by Charllotte Kwon on the Khatri community of traditional blockprinters from Dhamadka, India, and the present water crisis.

There will be music, food, refreshments, and wine. But the most exciting part of the evening will be the live auction of textiles. Exquisite double sided ajrakhs, textiles from the Maiwa Collection, Jewelry and other items will be put up for bid.

During this evening, the Maiwa store will be open and 100% of the sale price of all items sold will be donated to the Foundation for Project Dhamadka.

Due to limited space please
RSVP to Maiwa 604 669 3939
or maiwa@maiwa.com


Please come and support us.


Want to Know More?

We've put pictures of these incredible double sided auction pieces up in a previous post.

Curious about how an ajrakh is made?

We've put up pictures of one cloth going through sixteen stages of production. With a double-sided ajrakh these stages must be performed on each side of the cloth. It takes an entire set of wooden blocks to print an ajrakh. Sometimes the pattern is asymetric - this means a separate set of blocks must be carved for each side.

The pièce de résistance? A double-sided ajrakh printed with different colours on each side!

Want to hear the Khatris themselves speak about ajrakh?

Listen to our three podcasts featuring the Khatri brothers from Dhamadka and Ajrakpur.

Excerpts from
Masters of the Art
The Khatri Blockprinters of Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur

Part 1 - Presentation
Razzaque Mohammed Khatri and Ismail Mohammed Khatri
with Eiluned Edwards

Excerpts from
Masters of the Art
The Khatri Blockprinters of Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur

Part 2 - Questions from the Audience with
Razzaque Mohammed Khatri and Ismail Mohammed Khatri
and Eiluned Edwards

Excerpts from
Kismet, Ajrakh, and the Fish of Knowledge:
Collaborating with Craftspeople in India

Eiluned Edwards

1 comment:

  1. The photos of Ajrakh look beautiful. There aren't many Ajrakh printers who are particular about quality but it looks like you've found the perfect craftsman! Good luck with the auction!

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