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GI Tag to Kutch Ajrakh

Why is it in the news?

  • Ajrakh, a traditional textile craft originating from Gujarat, particularly in areas like Sindh, Barmer, and Kutch, has recently been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks (CGPDTM).

More about the news

  • The term “Ajrakh” is derived from the word ‘Azrak,’ which means indigo, signifying the primary dye used in the printing process.
  • Ajrakh involves intricate hand-block printing on specially treated cotton fabric, resulting in elaborate designs that hold deep symbolism and historical significance.
  • Introduced over 400 years ago by Sind Muslims, Ajrakh has become an integral part of the cultural heritage of Gujarat. It is particularly favored by nomadic pastoralist and agricultural communities such as the Rabaris, Maldharis, and Ahirs.

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