Sufiyan Khatri in the above pic is a master at Ajrakh, the process of using natural dyes and hand carved wooden blocks to print fabric. With his great knowledge combined with an engaging personallity, makes him a popular speaker for dyeing workshops both in India and overseas.
And if you've been to visit Sufiyan in his Ajrakhpur workshop and enjoyed one of his demonstrations, you have probaly also met this head printer, Sukor
Last year Sukor's wife suffered an aneurisim, she was gravely ill and in need of specialist care. Sufiyan arranged and paid for her medical expences, and the Khatri community, myself and others all gave what they could until her heath was restored and the family back on track.
It was wonderful to see the support he recieved from his employer, Sufiyan during this difficult time. He clearly regards his 'workers' as family and feels a great sense of responsability towards them.
Both good men, making beautiful fabrics and I love having them as friends!
Sufiyan will be at the Santa Fe craft fair next month.....If you're lucky, you might be able to catch up with him there!