Kutch

Sidhpur: splendid architecture in a neglected town

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After a visit to the ghost village Durgapur (see earlier post here) near Mandvi, we visited another sleepy town called Sidhpur in Patan. Both places have exquiste haveli architecture but barely any occupants. What on earth happened to these places? I can't fathom why these home owners abandoned their beautiful homes. It makes [...]

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Kutch art: Kalamkari & Warli painting

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Besides embroidery and Ajrakh, there is a lesser known ancient art form called Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen-worked'. The 23-step process is either hand-painted or block-printed onto a piece of cloth, and only natural dyes are used. The name Kalamkari is derived from the Persian words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
The two [...]

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Kutch textiles: Tangalia & Patola weaving

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After days of visiting numerous textiles artisans from different tribal communities in Kutch, I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am no expert on Indian textiles, and after arriving in Kutch, I was surprised by the variety of textiles traditions being practised in just one region. From embroidery to weaving, blockprinting and natural [...]

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The scene behind India's cotton production

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

India is the world's largest producer of cotton (it surpassed China recently), while Gujarat is the largest cotton producing state in India with a production of 125 Lakh Bales. Cotton is considered not only the most important fibre crop in India but the entire world.

Cotton is the most popular cellulose fibre in [...]

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Nirona village: Rogan art, copper bell & lacquer craft

Posted on May 7, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Kutch is a fascinating place; besides textiles, there are various other arts and crafts being practised in the region. Located around 35 km north of Bhuj, Nirona village is a small village famous for Rogan art, a rare traditional art form originated from Persia/Sindh, which almost disappeared until efforts to revive it in [...]

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Mandvi beach & the ancient craft of shipbuilding

Posted on May 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I don't know if Martin Parr has ever visited the historic seaport town Mandvi in Gujarat before, but if he has, he surely would be clicking away on the beach capturing the rather surreal beach scenes. Mandvi beach faces the Arabican sea, and was extensively used by ship merchants in the 18th [...]

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Durgapur: a forgotten village with stunning haveli architecture

Posted on May 3, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Before coming to India, many people (who have never been to India before) were concerned about my safety traveling in India as a female, as well as food hygiene, street beggars, the list goes on. Yet during my travel, I was incredibly impressed by the friendly people I encountered, the beautiful places [...]

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Shaam E Sarhad village resort & Hodka village visit

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Unexpectedly, on the edge of the desert region lies a wonderful eco-friendly and rustic village resort owned and run by the Village Tourism Committee of Hodka village. The village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh (now Pakistan) who were cattle herders and eventually settled in [...]

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Kutch textiles: Vankar Vishram Valji, the Indigo dyer & weaver

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 

 
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One of the most fascinating studio visits in Kutch was a trip to master weaver, Vankar Shamji Vishram's indigo-dyeing and weaving studio in a village called Bhujodi. Shamji is the son of Shri Vishram Valji Vankar, who won the India's prestigious National Award [...]

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Kutch textiles: Pabiben Rabari, the female tribal entrepreneur

Posted on April 28, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In our current fast-paced and globalised world, we are faced with some important questions about our past, present and future: how to preserve traditions and yet make them relevant today? Can we preserve the skills and knowledge but evolve at the same time? Many artisans, craftsmen and designers around the world are [...]

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