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The history of the Ajrak goes back to the times of the primitive civilizations of the Indus Valley. A statue of a King Priest found from Moenjodaro shows a shawl draped around his shoulders. That shawl was decorated with a trefoil pattern, scattered with small circles, the interiors of which were filled with a red pigment, very similar to the modern day ajrak print.

Presently Ajrak is liked, worn and considered a perfect tool of tradition for modern outfits. Originally blue and red were the only colors used for Ajrak, however today it’s made in many different color combinations. Many Pakistani designers and textile industries are using Ajrak prints in their collections.

Nishat, one the leading textile industries of Pakistan did a complete Ajrak collection and gave modern outfits the much needed traditional touch.

Nomi Ansari in his formal collection used Ajrak with a lot of gold wire and zardozi work and stitched it into loose silhouettes, making it perfect to be worn at weddings or any other formal gathering.

Ajrak has been used by International brands like Soham Dave, who used it in their eco-friendly collection and made chic dresses out of it. The dresses show how versatile this print is and also show us ways of making this traditional fabric look totally modern.

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This summer, add some ethnicity to your outfits by incorporating this gorgeous print in your outfits. Get some Kurtis made with panels of Ajrak or use Ajrak fabric for patch work on a plain outfit. We have seen printed trousers trending all over the place, get Ajrak print trousers and pair them with neutral colored shirts and accessories. Ajrak is not just about folk representation any more; it is  a full-blown fashion statement.

 

 

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