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Water woes: Kutch’s age-old Ajrakh craft faces its nemesis, once again

Updated : October 16, 2019 07:11 PM IST

Ajrakh from Gujarat, a 16-stage, water-intensive block printing technique that uses natural dyes, is once again facing its major nemesis-poor quality of groundwater.
After the 2001 Kutch earthquake, worsening groundwater quality in Dhamadka, where Ajrakh craftsmen mainly lived, were forced to relocate to a new place. This is the present-day Ajrakhpur.
Excess iron in groundwater that threatened Ajrakh in Dhamadka, is once again threatening the craft in Ajrakhpur. Dwindling water table and increasing salinity are further adding to the challenge.
Water woes: Kutch’s age-old Ajrakh craft faces its nemesis, once again
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