Two small villages located in the magnificent region of Kutch in Gujarat are continuing a craft that is rich in history and tradition. Ajrakh, with a lineage from Sindhi culture, is a cloth printing method which is traditionally done by printing blocks. The craft’s vibrant and distinctive aesthetic value has been widely recognized across spaces, increasing its market demand and consequently changing the dynamics of the tradition behind the art itself.

The CNES team visited Ajrakhpur and Dhamadka villages over the past few weeks to understand the events which has helped in the continuity and even strengthening of the craft. The team held extensive interviews with eminent stakeholders in the Khatri community to understand the nuances.