Gujarati Ajrak (Ajrakh) Block Printing is one of the oldest printing techniques. Gujarat is renowned for its textile printing methods. The ancient Indus Valley civilization inhabited the entire region including Rajasthan and Punjab during the Medieval India.
Ajrak Block printing is found in Gujarat, Sindh, Rajasthan, Kutch and Pakistan. Ajraks have become the symbol of Sindhi Culture and Tradition, over the years.
Ajrak Craft products are made with vegetable and mineral dyes in which Indigo is the key dye. Dots between two lines is the most common pattern in Ajrak blocks. Wood Block printing is used in Ajrak. Geometric shapes are etched on wooden blocks and pressed hard on the fabric.
Ajrak garment is used by men and women as an integral part of the Sindhi Culture. Men use it as Turban and women use it as Shawl or Dupatta. It is treated with utmost respect and often presented as gifts.