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Khatri Aakib Ibrahim
Block Printing, 2011

Ta. Bhuj, Kutch 370 105

+91 97248 41417

Design Craft > Members > Khatri Aakib Ibrahim DC Profile

Aakibbhai’s grandfather was a block printer in Rapar, where his customers were Kanbi Patels of the region. He mostly created sadla in red with black and white patterns. But he moved to Dhamadka to be closer to the better markets and raw materials of Anjar. In Dhamadka, the family started using different colors and creating ajrakh, and saris, dupattas, stoles, three piece suits, and yardage for contemporary markets. After the earth quake of 2001, they re-settled in Ajrakhpur. Today his family goes to exhibitions in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and other cities and works on orders for clients such as Fabindia.

Aakib began working when he was eighteen. He believes that to be a good artisan one should have patience and love for his craft, and he should work hard. For good design, planning is necessary, he thinks.

Aakib wants to break the limitations of natural colors and use new natural colors in ajrakh which have not been possible til now. His dream is to begin his own autonomous hand block print business.

In 2011, Aakib studied at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, graduating with awards for Most Innovative Artisan and Best Student.

Since graduating, Aakib has begun a niche practice, creating small scale, technically skilled production. He prefers to sell directly. And his specialization is large, one of a kind complex geometric textiles.

In 2013, Aakib participated in the fashion show Co-Creation Squared in Mumbai.

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"If we implement new aspects of block printing as per the demand of time and search for new markets, the future of block printing will be brighter"

Aakib, 2011