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A for Ajrakh: The A to Z of Block Printing (English)

Illustrator : Nina Sabnani

What do ancient fragments of cloth found in Egypt have to do with modern-day Gujarat? The answer starts with A — and sets us off through the alphabet, building with blocks of a very different kind! A for Ajrakh, B for Bagh, C for Chhipa… Each letter sparks off an aspect of block printing on textile, so that by Z for Zafran what we get is a fascinating patchwork of the styles, the motifs, the blocks, the dyes, and the skilled people who sustain and invigorate a centuries-old intricate craft.

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Specifications 40 pages, 9" x 9", full colour, soft cover
First Published 2016
Tags alphabet through art, textiles, block printing, blocks, dyes, motifs, colours, patterns, craft, handloom, craftspeople

What do ancient fragments of cloth found in Egypt have to do with modern-day Gujarat? The answer starts with A — and sets us off through the alphabet, building with blocks of a very different kind! A for Ajrakh, B for Bagh, C for Chhipa… Each letter sparks off an aspect of block printing on textile, so that by Z for Zafran what we get is a fascinating patchwork of the styles, the motifs, the blocks, the dyes, and the skilled people who sustain and invigorate a centuries-old intricate craft.

Gorgeous book, lived up to the expectations!

In a journey from A to Z, the book takes us through different aspects of block printing, from different places associated with this age-old craft to short quirky stories and anecdotes about its origins. Alisha, First Moms Club

Unfurls a whole new world

Nina Sabnani, regales us with fascinating stories and anecdotes about India’s hand block-printing techniques in her new book, A For Ajrakh… The book is gaining ground for its innovative storytelling framework and the way it endeavours to interest young adults about India’s rich craft heritage. HAND/EYE Magazine

Outstanding production

The text is friendly and the design excellent. You almost feel the textiles jumping out of the pages. Goodbooks.in

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A for Ajrakh: The A to Z of Block Printing (English)

A for Ajrakh: The A to Z of Block Printing (English)

What do ancient fragments of cloth found in Egypt have to do with modern-day Gujarat? The answer starts with A — and sets us off through the alphabet, building with blocks of a very different kind! A for Ajrakh, B for Bagh, C for Chhipa… Each letter sparks off an aspect of block printing on textile, so that by Z for Zafran what we get is a fascinating patchwork of the styles, the motifs, the blocks, the dyes, and the skilled people who sustain and invigorate a centuries-old intricate craft.

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