Barmer Prints

Barmer, a sandy desert in Rajasthan has a very special all over print of dark shades of blue and red geometrical patterns, called ajrakh, printed on both sides, used for turbans and shawls.
Dark colours are believed to be a protection against the fierce desert sun rays. The Barmer designs are bold, a popular one being the chirkala booti, the flaming red chilly sharply emphasised by a deep blue-black outline with trees around loaded with flowers. The designs and colours represent local tastes and needs; they are in demand all over the country.