India, Sufiyan Ismail Khatri, Abstraction of Flowers Shawl
Abstraction of flowers in traditional Ajrakh.
The body eld of the shawl carries the traditional vegetal motifs of at-headed leaves and rayed ower-heads. While the pallu border is patterned with ‘Fostat’ Ajrakh designs that are intricate in geometry and found in traditional Islamic architecture
The textural style of ower motifs in traditional Ajrakh are very much into abstract. And are composed as part of a larger geometric structure/design.
Flat and very detailed, the ower motifs here are presented in a contrasting brilliance of colors that create a sense of overall balance.
The product is made in Kachchh, India in my Ajrakh workshop using traditional Ajrakh techniques of resist-printing and natural dyeing.
The shawl is printed in indigo for the blue, and with resist paste for white areas. And printed with alum for red areas. The scarf in the later stages is boiled in alizarine which reacts with alum areas to give red areas.
Time taken to make: 12 days
Fabric: Mulberry Silk
Size: 112 cm by 250 cm