India, Sufiyan Ismail Khatri, Minari Henna Scarf
A tessellated pattern of geometries and orals in Indigo with Henna.
The border of the scarf starts with traditional ‘Minari’ designs found in the Minarets of the old mosques. This is followed by large motifs of owers enclosed within a bordered frame of small ower-petals decorated with their tender stems.
The eld of the shawl is tessellated with star-and-cross patterned luster tile. The continuity of the tiled composition is broken by a contrasting square pattern that criss-crosses the body of the scarf.
Locally the color combination of blue and green is known as Indigo-with-Henna. The green areas in the scarf are printed with alum rst and then boiled with henna leaves to get the green areas. While the blue is made from Indigo. And the white contour lines achieved by the resist print with gum-arabica and lime.
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
Fabric: Handwoven Chanderi (cotton-silk)
Size: 112 cm by 250 cm