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“AJRAK”-SYMBOL OF SINDHI CULTURE AND TRADITION

Sindhi Ajrak is a hallmark of the V of Indus Valley, which is to be found in Sindh. This historic artwork of Sindh is prepared from dyes mainly of vegetable origin with block printing in navy blue or dark blue on maroon to red ambiance customarily. The vivacious patterns are often added with the thread work which is primarily sewed by hands and turns it into a master art subject. Now this can be worn as table covers, bed sheets and also as throws. It is a very common tradition in Pakistan to present and gift Ajrak to the esteemed guests as a symbol of prestige and admiration.


Men employ it as a turban, wound ajrak on the shoulders as well as a cummerbund. Women make use of it as a as a shawl, dupatta and chaddar, and every so often as a dangle for kids.

The olden times of Ajrak can easily be found out from the periods of the old and ancient civilizations of the valley of Indus.  The civilizations are considered to manage to survive and keep going on at near 2500-1500BC. At Moen-jo-Daro, A kaput of The King Priest shown a shawl swathed on his shoulders. Usually, it is embellished with a design of three leafed clover intermingled with tiny circles and round shapes and its inners are filled with red colour.

The identical pattern of trefoil is revealed in Mesopotamia. It was also found on the regal chaise longue of Tutankhamen.The trefoil is a representation of fusion of 3 disks of sun to symbolize the concord of the gods of the water, earth and sun.. It is considered that the pattern of trefoil lives to tell the tale as the obscure mold in the contemporary Ajrak.

Ayaz Soomro, who is The Sindh Minister for Law has hinted at introducing a bill in Assembly of Sindh before long for espousal of Ajrak as element of uniform in girls’ schools in the province.