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 geometric 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 cool, sculptural silhouette has raglan sleeves and a cinched waist. The deep V neck and diamond shaped cut-out back will guarantee you make an entrance.
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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