The traditional craft of ajrakh uses only natural colors (vegetable dyes) for its making. The usual colors of the craft are red, yellow, blue and black. However green and some other secondary colors are also used now-a-days. They are generally made by mixing the usual colors.

The colors being made from all natural materials are harmless to the workers in all ways. Whereas the chemical ajrakh printing which has come up in the recent past uses chemical dyes which are very harmful to the health of the workers.

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Samples Of Traditional

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Samples Of Traditional


Colors Materials Used Cost (Rs./Kg) Native Places
Yellow Anar (pomegranate) peel 2 -
Turmeric 60 -
Taiyesu flowers 1-2 Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh
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Dry Pomegranate Peel

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Turmeric Powder

Note :
Most of the raw material is bought at 10 times the original cost because of larger transportation expenses. Most of the raw materials are from hill areas (adivasi)


Colors Materials Charecteristics Cost Native Places
Red Alizar Used in powder form, mineral base. Arab Country(Africa) 600 Baroda(Gujarat)
Masak Himchal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh
Mazist This is plant stem 350 Iran, Afghanistan

Note : Masak at one time was used by indian women to color their lips.


Colors Material Cost
Black Gurrh Usual Amount
Bajri Ka Aata
Iron Piece 12 Rs/Kg

Note : Iron pieces are put in water for around 15 days.

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An Ajrakh Fabric After Application Of Black Color (Under Process)


Colors Material Cost Native Places
Indigo 800 Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bengal

Note : Now these days chemical are used for its production. Indigo leaves are churned with water and this liquid is kept in sun for 8 to 10 days. The froth which appears dur to the churning of indigo is removed. This is then used as color.

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Powdered Indigo Dye

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Indigo Solution Kept In Sun For Preparation

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Indigo Farming