Our new collection of Ajrakh printed satin scarves make great presents.
These scarves with a smooth satin finish are made from silk modal - not silk but a satin finished cellulose fabric similar to rayon made from tree pulp. They are finished with elegant tassels
They are decorated with Ajrakh prints - an ancient printing technique found in the desert regions of Gujarat and Sind (in India and Pakistan) and made for us by a co-operative in the Indian town of Barmer, near the border with Sind, using traditional carved wooden printing blocks.
Ajrakh is a complex printing method that requires great skill to align the patterns. It's the oldest type of fabric printing found in this part of Asia - 5000 year old remnants of Ajrakh printed cotton have been found near Harappa in the ancient Indus valley civilisation in present day Sind.
The traditional and most familiar colours in Ajrakh printing are indigo blue and red madder - as used in this scarf - and we sometimes have cotton bedspreads printed in these traditional colours. But other colours are used and we also have these Ajrakh scarves in a range of indigos, golds and earthier tones.
These scarves make great presents - they're exclusive to the Silk Road Gallery - and easy to post. Perfect for lockdown shopping on the run up to Christmas!
See our full selection of scarves including cashmere, silk and kantha styles in our Textiles collection.