A Story from Ajrakhpur

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The makers claim that their craft dates back to early medieval times. Scraps of printed fragments which were believed to originate from Western India, were unearthed at Fostat near Cairo. The ajrak craft was practised by the khatri community, living in the banks of river Sindh (Indus in present day Pakistan). These families migrated to Kutch from Sindh in the 16th century, when the King of Kutch recognized the craft and invited them to settle in the barren uninhabited land, along with dyers, printers, potters and embroiderers. The dyers were Khatri Brahmins. Two generations later they converted to Islam and settled in Dhamadka for its close proximity to

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