Tie-dyed and handblock printed, this dupatta is a stunning amalgamation of two slow, artisanal traditional crafts of the western Indian desert –
‘Bandhej,’ a tie and dye tradition of hand-knotting and dyeing textiles to create a beautiful textured pattern. Those diamond shaped white dots that give this dupatta an imperfectly-perfect crinkled symmetry of texture represent this craft. You may choose to roller press this dupatta or not! Each diamond on this dupatta represents a knot that was individually hand-tied when the fabric was still ivory in colour, before dipping it in dye. A beautiful representation of artisanal, slow design.
‘Ajrakh,’ block printing is found in the circles on the body of the dupatta with patterns inside them, along with the borders, represent the Ajrakh hand block printing tradition of Kutch. This is an ancient style of hand block printing that dates back to what we know as the foundations of civilisation – Ajrakh block printed fragments were found on the archaeological sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. This traditional craft, dating back thousands of years, continues to live on through artisans of Ajrakhpur, Kutch, India today. It’s motifs and symbolism are based on the traditional design concept of ‘mizaan’ (symmetry and balance), and it is inspired by the universe, constellations, stars, night sky and the perfection of geometry.
These dupattas carry the sensual grandeur of Indian craft traditions, they can be draped the classic dupatta style over the neck, or even as a shawl wrap over your shoulders. They become the star of every outfit they adorn, because they have so many stories of textile heritage, narrated visually.
Wash Care: Mild, gentle hand wash at home or dry clean.