Ajrakh-inspired jacquard jacket
This striking jacket speaks to our philosophy of reimagining crafts to create bespoke fabrics. The pattern of this custom-designed jacquard is inspired by an age-old, block-printing technique called 'Ajrakh'. The technique is still practiced by artisan communities in the Kutch desert region of India.
We have preserved the rich, blue and red palette traditionally associated with the technique but reinterpreted the motifs through a modern lens. The gently flared shape of the jacket is reinforced by bell sleeves. A high mandarin collar and prominent, blue buttons complete the sharply tailored look. Pair with navy pants or jeans for a more relaxed look or take it up a few notches with matching pants.
Model is 5 feet 9 inches and wears UK size 6
'Ajrakh' is a complex, artisanal technique of block printing and resist dyeing that dates back as early as 2000 BC. The artisan must wash the fabric between dying and wait until he can print the next colour. Many believe that the word 'Ajrakh' is actually derived from the phrase 'Aaj ke din rakh' or 'Keep it for today'; a sentiment quite opposed to today's fast-paced world.
This bespoke silk jacquard has been designed in Varana's own studio and woven with motifs inspired by the 'Ajrakh' technique.
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