Tag Archives: Gujarat

The Arvind Indigo Museum in Ahmedabad, India

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

If you visit Gujarat, you are likely to pass through/visit Ahmedabad – the largest city and former capital of Gujarat. The Old city of Ahmedabad was the first in India to be declared as UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017. The historic city is also known for its textiles industry and it [...]

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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 [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Design, India, Indian design, Kutch, Haveli architecture and was tagged with architecture, Architectural conservation, India, Indian design, Gujarat, Haveli architecture, Sidhpur. heritage

Ancient stepwells in Gujarat: Modhera Sun temple & Rani ki Vav

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Toothpicker

I think most people who visit India for the first time would head to The Golden Triange for Rajasthan and Agra, whereas Gujarat seems less popular with first-time visitors. I have no question about the beauty and splendidness of Jaipur and Taj Mahal, but I also think that Gujarat is vastly underrated [...]

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Kutch textiles: Kala Raksha centre for embroiders

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Toothpicker

When I was doing my workshop at Somaiya Kala Vidya, the founder Judy Frater mentioned that she had co-founded and ran another Trust before moving to Somaiya Kala Vidya, and she said that the centre is located in a beautiful and tranquil environment just outside of Bhuj. Luckily, we did pay a [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Textiles, India, embroidery, Kutch and was tagged with textiles, embroidery, India, Kutch, Indian textiles, Gujarat, Kala Raksha, Kutch textiles

Kutch textiles: Ajrakh & blockprinting in Ajrakhpur

Posted on April 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

Ajrakhpur – the land of Ajrakh
Before my trip to India, my knowledge on Indian textiles was minimal, yet the textiles workshop at Somaiya Kala Vidya (see my earlier post) completely opened my eyes. I did not realise that block printing is such a complex and time-consuming process, especially when only natural dyes [...]

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Bhuj: 18 years after the earthquake

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Toothpicker

Aina Mahal
For my first trip to India, I skipped the popular Rajasthan and opted for a 16-day textiles tour around the less touristy Gujarat, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I joined the group in Bhuj after my 5-day textiles workshop, where we spent a few days visiting the city's sights and textiles studios.
Founded [...]

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