Materials: Cotton 100% ; Indigo Dabu Dye / Ajrak Block Print
Dabu dyeing is ancient mud resist hand block printing technique that’s been traced back to about 675 A.D.
The indigo dye that’s being used for these fabrics are from Akola, a famous small indigo dyeing village in the Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan. Indigo dyes in Akola have been replenished and fermented for years. It’s a painstaking process to get this gorgeous dye and pattern for garments.
Craftspeople combine various ingredients such as mud, lime, gum, waste wheat chaff in order to make the dabu paste. The paste is then intentionally placed where the design is envisioned. Sawdust is sprinkled over the paste then dried. Once the paste and sawdust dry, the fabric is dyed, in this case with indigo.
This woodcut originated in the Sindhi region of Pakistan. It features geometric patterns with motifs of Islamic flowers, clouds, and waves. Ajrak is derived from the word “Azrak” which means blue in Arabic. It was a cloth, primarily used by Muslim men, carried around the waist (runge), turban, shoulder, and sometimes wrapped in vegetables.
These Ajrak prints are created by the Khatri Katri community in Sindhi, Pakistan, Kutch, Gujarat, India, and Barmer, Rajasthan. Natural dyes are used & hand-block printing, dyeing, indigo, and koi dyeing are performed in about 20 processes. All processes are done by craftspeople. To get the desired patterns on the textiles, woodcuts have detailed engraved geometric designs that are pressed repeatedly using various designed woodblocks. Craftspeople tend to have rhythmic movement during the process of engraving into the wood & during the printing process.
This NATSUMI-YA collection uses a selection of block-printed fabrics that NATSUMI-YA herself spent two seasons visiting around the workshops in the Kutch region of Gujarat. Unique and beautiful hand-crafted prints that you can’t find in other brands. It’s sure to be a popular garment from your wardrobe!
※ Requires Special Care ※
● Please note that prints may have deviation, distortion, and color transfer.
● This thin cotton fabric requires delicate wash or hand-wash
● First 3-4 times being washed should be separated from whites.
● If using a washing machine, put the skirt in a laundry net to protect the delicate fabric.
● Do NOT use a dryer machine, dry clean, or bleach.
● Since plant dye is vulnerable to sunlight, we recommend drying in the shade.