A FOR AJRAKH: THE A TO Z OF BLOCK PRINTING

A FOR AJRAKH: THE A TO Z OF BLOCK PRINTING

ABOUT THE BOOK
What do ancient fragments of cloth found in Egypt have to do with modern-day Gujarat? The answer starts with A–and sets us off through the alphabet, building with blocks of a very different kind! A for Ajrakh, Be for Bagh, C for Chhipa… Each letter sparks off an aspect of block printing on textile, so that by Z for Zafran what we get is a fascinating patchwork of the styles, the motifs, the blocks, the dyes, and the skilled people who sustain and invigorate a centuries-old intricate craft.

Snapshot Review

  • Outstanding production values
  • The text is friendly and the design excellent. You almost feel the textiles jumping out of the pages
    • Lots of information on block printing, but some letters are clearly a struggle to fill
    • The alphabetic presentation makes the information haphazardly presented, with plenty of gaps
    Conclusion: This is still an extraordinarily produced illustrated non-fiction volume, though the information could have been organised better.

    Book Details

    Author: Nina Sabnani
    Illustrator: Nina Sabnani
    Language: English
    Page Extent: 40 pages
    Price: ₹265.00
    ISBN: 978-93-5046-858-6
    Publisher: Tulika, 2017
    Subject Category: Non-fiction/Crafts
    Age-group: 10+

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