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Ajrak , the traditional attire from Sindh , Pakistan

Ajrak the traditional attire from Sindh , Pakistan  is the idiosyncratic cloth used by the locals of Sindh and Southern Punjab as symbol of grace and high esteem. Males use it as turban and Shawl while women use as their Chaddar and Dubatta. It is normally colored with indigo , crimson , white and black patterns.

Ajrak , the traditional attire from Sindh, Pakistan , Photo Credit : Asif Hassan

The handmade printing process of Ajrak is called resist printing. Carved wooden blocks are used for this process which is really a challenging job as all of this has to be harmonized  perfectly on the cloth. The making of these blocks is quite arithmetic jobs as all the graphs are drawn with geometric tools. The carving of the blocks is also very technical and skillful task. Normally the craftsmen waste the blocks after accomplishment with the patterns. The use of Ajrak is a continued tradition of Sindh for thousands of years. It is traced from the ancient Indus civilization. The world famous statue of the King Priest discovered at Mohenjo-Daro exhibits a shawl display around his shoulders. It is decorated with a threefold pattern  intermixed with tiny circles, that are colored inside with red shades. A similar artifact has also been discovered in Mesopotamian remains. The same threefold pattern usage is found in the present Ajrak.

Ajrak the traditional attire from Sindh, Pakistan is made in almost all cities of  Sindh. Its usage can be observed in all segments of Sindhi society. It is a prestigious gift often presented to the guests in their honor. The locals also wear Ajrak on mirthful events such as weddings and cultural programs.

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