Ajrakh Block Printing with Sarfraz
  • Mumbai, India
  • 30 hours over 5 days

Ajrakh Block Printing with Sarfraz

Learn 13 step Ajrakh hand block printing and natural dyeing process from sixth generation master and team of artisans in one of country's most respected studio.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $395
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $190

Meet the Artist

Sarfraz Khatri is a sixth-generation ajrakh block printing artist, a thirteen-step printing technique that has roots in ancient Indian culture. Sarfraz’s studio was founded by his father and uses over 800 teak blocks designed by his great-grandfather, creating textile designs that span from traditional to contemporary. He uses natural vegetable dyes that are biodegradable and environmentally-friendly, reviving the lost traditional techniques. His textiles are versatile, often made into saris, scarves, shawls and more. Expect to hear the musical sounds of azaan and encounter a number of friendly goats while drying fabrics on the roof!

VAWAA Includes:

  • Learning the 13 step Ajrakh block printing process.
  • Introduction to plants and processes used to manufacture natural dyes.
  • Creating and mixing your own black, indigo and red dyes.
  • Pre-dye treatment of fabrics.
  • Motif placement, repeat patterns, relief printing using hand carved blocks.
  • Dyeing and block printing two scarf sized textile pieces.
  • Washing, drying, and finishing processes.
  • Materials and tools.

Explore Mumbai

Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is India’s largest city and also its culinary capital. It is home to grand treasures across a number of cultures, religions, and time periods. From masterpieces of Hindu art like Elephanta Island, to Gothic and Mughal architecture like the extravagant train station of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, to traces of colonial history... you'll experience a unique cultural richness at every corner. The art scene also thrives in this city— non-stop festivals, museums, galleries, you name it. Be sure to stop by Artisans’ Centre, a gallery in support of India’s indigenous art, craft and design heritage.

Additional Details

It's best to avoid monsoon season, between early June and mid-September as there can be too much moisture in the air that is not suitable for the color process.
Sarfraz's Availability 5 days

Guest Reviews

  • Anoushka P., United States

    I really enjoyed my time spent in Sarfraz’s studio. It was a great introduction to traditional Indian blockprinting.

  • Steven G., United States

    This was an incredible experience. Firstly, Sarfraz and his staff were very welcoming and truly wonderful to work with. Secondly, the Ajrakh process is time-consuming and complex, however, Sarfraz (and his team) walked me through each step of the process which resulted in a couple of "art" pieces that I am very pleased with. Thirdly, it was interesting to learn "context" and how Sarfraz (and his f Read more

  • Barbara S., New Zealand

    Sarfraz’s workshop is magic. It is a real block printing work place with staff, raw materials, clients, and finished products. To experience this place is to come to know how real blockprinting occurs in an environment that is both authentic and creative. I worked under the careful eyes of 2 master printers as well as with Sarfraz. As the week progressed my questions grew and each morning over tea Read more

  • Marja V., Netherlands

    The experience at Pracheen with Sarafraz and the block printers was amazing. Not only did I learn a lot, but everyone was so very kind and helpful. There were many memorable moments, but the one that stands out for me the most is when my pieces went into the indigo vat and came out totally transformed. And....I was introduced to the most delicious food. :)

  • M., France

    Sarfraz was extremely welcoming and kind, a joy to work with !

  • Heidi S., Netherlands

    Eager to learn about block printing, I decided to go to the source... to India! My 5 days with Sarfraz and his team were a very authentic dive into block printing and natural textile dyeing, but also into life in a dazzling, hard-working neighborhood in Mumbai. Working with high-skilled artisans and using no chemicals, this is an impressive and unexpected studio to find in the center of cosmopolit Read more

  • Jen L., Hong Kong

    Indeed; I can't imagine spending more than 1 or 2 days too if the target were jetsetters (who likely won't have that much time-off), but I love the premise of what VAWAA stands for in connecting travels with local artistry. Sarfraz's team was every bit welcoming once we got the initial introductions out of the way. From coordinating pickup for driver, to walking us through each stage of the crafts Read more

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