Art Trove

Art Trove


Ajrakh dates back to 4000 years ago from Sindh now practised in Gujarat and some parts of Rajasthan in India. Khartri is one of the oldest family names attached to the tradition. Sets of hand carved wooden blocks are used to print intricate and complex geometric patterns on fabric using natural resist dyes. Modern and speedy techniques of printing and vibrant chemical colours had impacted the popularity of this muted traditional textile. However this Eco friendly ancient craft is once again making its mark on the fashion world.

Organic Screen Print

Screen printing is a form of stencil printing. It can be traced back to Song Dynasty in China. It was an art form meant for the royalty and was adapted into main stream around 1960s.

Vegetable Dye Block Print

Intricately hand carved wooden blocks are used to hand transfer print on linen, cotton and silk fabrics. This slow, simple yet ornamental process of printing can be rooted back to ancient civilizations of China, India and Egypt. The artist creates the print using repetitive patterns. The dyes used are mostly plant or natural resource based.


Tangaliya is a 700 year old indigenous handwoven textile made by the Dangasia community of Gujarat in India. While being woven on the pit loom a contrast colour thread is knotted with the warp to create the effect of raised dots. These raised dots come together to form interesting patterns like birds, circles, triangles, etc.


Banarasi weave is named after its place of crafting i.e. banaras. Age old practises of weaving beautiful floral and geometric patterns using cotton, silk, pure metal zari on wodden pit looms make this textile a very sought after product. The royal families of ancient India extensively used this fabric making it a fabric for royalties. Banarasi weave fabric may now be available to many but it still spells royalty in every thread.


Ikat is the tedious art of formings patterns and designs on a fabric by tie dyeing the yarn and then placing it on a loom and weaving the cloth. Double ikat is where the warp and weft are both tie dyed before weaving. It is a more complex and time consuming technique than single ikat. Many parts of India have their own indegenious ikat weving techniques, like Pochampally from Telengana (is a double ikat), Sambalpuri from Orissa, Patola from Gujarat (one of the rarest forms of double ikat).


This is a mixed fabric with a woven stripe or zigzag pattern. The warp and weft used were of two differrent materials ( silk and cotton, cotton and linen, silk and wool or wool and cotton) in different colours. One reason for the popularity of this fabric was Islam. Since Islam does not allow men to wear pure silk, mashru (literally meaning permitted) became very popular.

Assam Weave

Traditional assamese weaving can be dated back to the 10th and 11th century. Community weaving and creation of beautiful patterns of flora and fauna, peacocks, rhinos, jaapi (traditional assamese hat) on muga silk, eri silk, and ahimsa silk. Muga silk is the most popular silk from assam. It has a beuatiful natural golden colour and is know for its durability often out living the owner.

Bagh Printing

Bagh Print is a traditional hand block print with natural colours, an Indian Handicraft practised in Bagh, Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh, India. Its name is derived from the village Bagh on the banks of the Bagh River. Bagh print fabric with replicated geometric and floral compositions with vegetable colours of red and black. In this printing technique the cloth used is cotton and silk cloth which are subject to treatment of a blend of corroded iron fillings, alum and Alizarin. The designs are patterned by skilled artisans. On completion of the printing process, the printed fabric is subject to repeated washing in the flowing waters of the river and then dried in the sun for a specific period to obtain the fine luster.