Indigo and madder handprinted ajrak Indian bedspread
An indigo and red madder hand block printed Ajrak bedspread from Barmer in Western Rajasthan.
The Khatri community, whose name means “one who fills or changes colours,” print cloth with the locally available natural dyes. Ajrak is printed by a method called resist printing. The printing is done by hand with hand carved wooden blocks. Several different blocks are used to give the characteristic repeated patterning using resist mud pastes from the banks of the river, dyed in deep madder and indigo.
Ajarak printing is a long process involving many stages of printing and washing the fabric over and over again with various natural dyes and mordants such as harda, lime, alizarin, indigo and even camel dung. The technique of resist printing allows exclusive absorption of a dye in the desired areas only and prevents absorption on the areas intended to be left uncoloured.
White linear Kantha stitiching adds another dimension to this lovely bedspread and makes for an elegant stitched pattern on the plain blue indigo reverse side.
Size: King size approx 225x250cm. In India this is called a double bedspread. It is suitable for double, king size and super king beds.
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