Ajrakh-inspired silk jacquard dress
Custom-designed fabrics are our hallmark and this eye-catching dress is crafted from a bespoke, silk jacquard. The unusual geometrical print of this dress is based on a time-honoured block-printing technique called 'Ajrakh', 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 to create a modern pattern with subtle Eastern overtones. The fitted silhouette has raglan sleeves and a cinched waist. The deep V neck and diamond shaped cutout back complete the spotlight-stealing look.
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 jacquardhas been designed in Varana's own studio and woven with motifs inspired by the Ajrakh technique.
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