Issue #009, 2022 ISSN: 2581- 9410
- Sustainability, Style and Fashion
- Notes from the ground: Values in the Eyes of the Artisan
- Market Forces
1-Sustainability, Style and Fashion
Dr. Ismail Khatri, a 9th
generation Ajrakh printer who has an honorary PhD from De Montfort University, UK, is retired to research and development these days. His two sons are busy printing vast quantities of fabric for clients all over the world. So Ismailbhai is going slow. He recently carved a whole set of blocks for a traditional Malir, a fabric originally from the town of Malir in Sindh, which Maldhari pastoralists wore as a sarong. He had always thought that one of the border motifs, a spade, was odd. Who played cards back then? While slowly carving, he had a vision: the motif was originally a mud pot similarly shaped. So he carved the block from his vision. And he printed and dyed the Malir himself. The textile is luminous with life- a world away from the wonderful array of printed textiles in his shop.
What do we have to do to get THIS quality? I asked h...