No two pieces will ever be alike:
We work with Handlooms & all our products are Handcrafted with love by our talented artisans & masters. Since our making process is entirely by hand, slight aberrations in textile, printing, painting, embroidery and sewing are bound to happen and cannot be considered as “damaged.” No two pieces will be alike in anything Handmade & that makes each piece unique.
While we photograph only in natural light and try our best to make sure that the colours shown on our website are accurate, actual colours may vary a little. The precise colour of the product may vary due to colour variability in computers, laptops, screen monitors, mobiles, tablets and or other devices screen peculiarities or resolution. We try to give as many colour choices as possible per design & give you actual product swatches as colour options on our website. Please be aware that we will not be responsible if the colour is not what you expected it to be at the time of purchase. Because all our products are custom made and cannot be returned for reasons of colour, please make sure that you understand that colour variations are possible from our photography of the actual products.
We share our standard size chart for our stitched ready to wear range on our website. All our stitched products come with extra margin & stitches should you need to alter this. We also offer unstitched fabric with artwork appliqued for most of our designs as an option. We stitch as per your unique order that is a combination of Design, Fabric, Colour, Sleeves or Sleeveless so it is a custom made for you & cannot be returned for reasons of wrong size.
- Preferably always dry clean. Or, gentle hand wash in cold water.
- Do not machine wash.
- Do not soak in water.
- Always dry in shade.
- Never use detergents or chemicals on the painting/embroidery/screen printing.
- Always iron the painting/embroidery/screen printing inside out.
Ajrakh is said to signify the Universe. Because of the use of color palette. Color red for earth, black for darkness, white for clouds and blue for Universe itself.
Think moonless, think midnight, think darkness… the star spangled sky, against a stark blue-black background. This is what Ajrakh, meaning blue (azaraq)in Arabic, is likened to. The description couldn’t be more evocative than this for Ajrakh.
Ajrakh is a block-printed textile that is resist-dyed using natural dyes. including indigo and madder. Nature plays an important role in the making of Ajrah. The craftsmen work in total harmony with their environment, where the sun, river, animals, trees and mud are all part of its making. It is the synergy between handloom textiles and vegetable dyes that creates magic.
Altogether, there are 13 stages in block printing. It takes nearly two months for a six-metre cloth to be printed. The first block is the background, then comes the outline, and then there are three to four inner fillings. Most importantly, the blocks need to be even, so that when you stamp it, you get an even colour. If it's not, then you get one spot which is darker than the rest. That also requires craftsmanship. And, the concentration of the craftsman: he has to be steady, he has to have peace of mind. So when he prints, you see the continuity in the block print.
Presenting “Lakdi ki Kaathi. Kaathi pe Ghodaa“ a result of a collaboration with the best there is on Ajrakhs; Sarfraz Khatri’s (Pracheen) with whom I had shot an episode on Ajrakh in अबnoरmal presents Touring Talkies.
The Horse block print is one of Pracheen’s most famous motifs on a madder red dyed Dupion silk. Dupion is the recycled yarn of mulberry silk from Bangalore. The horse is apparently an inspiration from a museum in Jordan & some 5 intricate blocks are needed to make each horse. A bright red shade with hand knotted bandhani on pure Handloom gajji silk for the blouse front & Ajrakh geometric patterns in black & madder to provide a color block to the amazing Madder Reds.
Material: Dupion silk & Gajji Silk.
Please note that colours and tones shown here are as close to the original as possible. Small variations may occur due to light, individual screen peculiarities or resolution.
Sizes: The choli comes in standard ready to wear sizes 34 to 48 with a 2 inch margin inside for alterations.
Delivery: This limited edition choli will be dispatched within 2-3 weeks of confirmed order with payment.