Sindh Ji Ajrak at KOEL

dsc_0048KOEL, The recently opened Art gallery in the city brings the color of our traditions into the world of art with a stunning display of hand printed Ajraks,  a collection designed by Noorjehan Bilgrami in a  stunning exhibition “Sindh Ji Ajrak” in collaboration with AHAN.

 Centuries old tradition of making Ajrak, a hand printer and dyed fabric, goes through 21 stage painstaking process till completion. Over the last hundred years with the advent of synthetic dyes the use of naturally extracted indigo and madder in Ajrak had gone out of the past two years a series of workshops were held at the Ajrak Centers in Matiari, Bhitshah, and Sehta to revive the practice of using natural dyes.

At the workshop the craftsmen were taught making Ajrak with silk, which stir great excitement because traditionally the only fabric used for the purpose was cotton. The craftsmen watched with great excitement as colors from the natural source such as leaves, flowers, roots and barks spilled partners and designs in vivid colors of the fabric. 


This centuries old tradition of using natural dyes has been brought alive to stir up excitement

in a display of exciting colors and beautiful geometric designs and floral patens with this marvelous exhibition “Sindh ji Ajrak” at the KOEL art Gallery.


The exhibition is open for public till 14th of March, 2009.


Koel Gallery:

F-42/2, Block -4, Scheme-5, Clifton, Karachi,

Phone: (+92-21) 5831292 & 5364013


3 Comments so far

  1. oanon on February 28th, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    Big J, this sounds like a terrific show; too bad I can’t go -so will you please post some pictures? Thanks.

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  3. faylasuf on March 2nd, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    hmm interesting..

    dz ne 1 know if they are selling ajraks?

    if not, wht d b the right place to check for ajraks?

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