Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ajrakh in HAND/EYE Magazine Online


Rachel Davey has contributed an evocative and poetic account of her visit with the Khatris of the Kutch Desert. Her story appeared yesterday in Hand/Eye online and can be found here:

http://handeyemagazine.com/content/living-pattern

Maiwa was asked to contribute some photos to her piece and we are proud to have a few of our images appear alongside such fine writing.

The Ajrakh that Rachel writes about can be found in our online store as can print versions of the wonderful Hand/Eye magazine.

We have 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 and so 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.

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

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