Sufiyan

 

Sufiyan Khatri is the tenth generation in his community in northern India to master the traditional method of ajrakh printing. He combines centuries old motifs with modern geometric designs.  Working with natural dyes, Sufiyan incorporates the knowledge and skill of his ancestors in each piece. 

Ajrakh is a form of block printing on textiles, usually beautiful Indian cotton.  The stamps used to make the patterns are made from Gum and are an art form in themselves.  Anywhere from 8 to 15 steps are involved in completing a textile and the process can take several months. The traditional technique of Ajrakh continues today in the Kutch region of Gujarat as well as in the Sindh valley of Pakistan.