Woven, Dyed & Printed Textiles
Kutch has well developed traditions of weaving, and resist patterning with bandhani (tie dye) and prints using gum, mud and flour, and wax.
Gujarat has been a centre of printing and resist dyeing for centuries. The combination of the two techniques is seen in ajrakh, traditionally a blue and red dyed and printed cotton cloth made in Kutch. The Kala Raksha Museum holds a complete collection of the block printed textiles of ajrakh and related traditions. These complex textiles involve several blocks per pattern to create rich multi-coloured fabrics. Some are printed on both sides.
Weavings include the wrapped garments of Rabaris, and comparative examples from neighboring lands.