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Ichakdana embodies in itself the purity of its origin and integrity of its being. It is a conceptual brand which encapsulates treasures of tradition in a modern & fashionable way. Born as a passion to its creative director, Sneh Tyagi, today Ichakdana is a brand which recognizes the value of the faceless artisan.

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If you have ever owned a piece of Ajrakh cloth, then you must have been enamored by the pattern. But did you know that weavers spend days to achieve the double-sided print?

The term ‘Ajrakh’ which was most probably derived from ‘Azrak’ meaning blue in Arabic is one of the oldest known textile crafts. Its’ history can be traced back to the civilizations of Indus Valley that existed around 2500 BC to 1500 BC.

More than a fabric, it is considered a tradition and is found in daily usage such as bedsheets, dupattas, scarves, etc. Traditionally made by the cattle herders’ communities, Ajrakh is usually 3 meters in length.


Making of Ajrakh:

Authentic Ajrakh is printed on both sides using a method called resist printing. According to Sahapedia, the process is highly complex and comprises of  21 stages and takes craftsmen a month to complete a traditional Ajrakh. The cloth is washed in a river or lake and then coiled, steamed on a copper pot. This cloth is then brought back to the workshop and soaked in seed oil. These threads/Ajrakhs are then tied in a bundle for a fortnight such that oil seeps through it. Once that’s done, the next step is printing patterns. These are done using several different blocks are used to give a repeated patterning.

The printing process is a long one that involves many stages of washing the fabric with natural dyes. However, in Ajrakh block printing, the fabric is first printed with a resist paste and then dyed. This process is repeated multiple times with different kinds of dyes to achieve the deep red and blue shades on the cloth. For an artisan, the longer he waits, the more distinct the final print becomes. It takes upwards of two weeks to achieve the gorgeous patterns on an Ajrakh cloth.

Unfortunately, this craft is declining because of modern methods of printing which are quicker. Natural dyes are being replaced with chemical dyes and this slow process of traditional textile is soon getting out of the market.