India, Sufiyan Ismail Khatri, Indigo and Madder Dye Textured Scarf
Patterns and textures. Dye Textured Scarf: Indigo and Madder Textures Creating Uneven Iridescent patterns
The scarf has a border area and a central area. The central area, which is kept relatively undecorated/understated by using a plain rectangular block to print, is easily distinguishable from the traditional Ajrakh Textiles. But to make the piece more interesting the central area is further embellished with brush strokes to create an abstract painted eect. The brush strokes in contrasting colors of Indigo and Madder produce an uneven iridescent pattern, like a glazed tile.
The border area uses traditional Ajrakh motifs. It is dominated by vegetal patterns. The pattern of 8-pointed stars is enclosed in the curving vines symbolizing the cycles of life and immortality. Additionally one can see jewel like vegetal motifs in the bottom portion of the border. Also seen are the octagonal shaped blossoms along with stems and leaves. The Ajrakh scarf in its multitudinous complications represent the multiplicity within the unity of all existence. This is the underlying design principle in creating Ajrakh Textiles with such complexity and precision.
The product is made in Kachchh, India in my Ajrakh workshop using traditional Ajrakh techniques of resist-printing and natural dyeing.
Time taken to make: 12 days
Size: 55 cm by 200 cm