There are around 15 different stages of dying, washing, reprinting…the technique of block printing is more than 3000 years old. In Kutch, Gujarat, it´s practiced solely by men.

Known as ajrakh, this double-sided textiles is made by the Kathri block-printers from Ajarakhpur in Gujarat. Ajrakh is realated to the arabic world for blue azrak.

Gujarat/Indien: The Rani-ki-Vav step-well in Patan is the oldest and finest in Gujarta. The weaver from the nearly Patola silk weaving workshop said that the textile was in Patan before the step-well, not the opposite way.

India/Gujarat: Patan Patola is a double ikat textile, that means both, the warp and the weft, are dyed before the weaving. As a result patterns and colours are extraordinary vibrant and elaborate.  With such thin silk thread it takes a lot of time and it´s an extreme test of precision and planning. A sari starts around 10 000 $.

Kutch/Gujarat/India: The walls of this Meghwali roundhouse in Hodka village in Kutch are constructed with whitewashed mud and dung and a lot of mirrors. Normaly the toran is hanging above the door, here he´s  protecting the inhabitants agains the devils coming out of the TV.