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My recent visit to Bhuj as a tourist – Highlight on its Handicraft!

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Bhuj is very popular place for shopping handicraft work, Kutchi handicrafts are in abundance in Bhuj, like embroidery(aari, aahir, chakan, gotanv, jatfakira, jatgarasiya, kambira and khuditebha, katri, kharek, mukko, neran, pakko, rabari, soof), bandhni(tie and Dye), leather work, block-printing, heavy silver jewelry and woodcarving. Bhuj Culture is popular for its Pakvans, dabelie and Gujarati thali. Also, crafts man and artist from surrounding villages bring their art work in bhuj for sale. In the culture of bhuj, houses are often decorated with designs made from mud, cow or camel dung, clay slip, and mirrors.

Bhuj Culture is very interesting and unique. This Culture in Bhuj of decorating their houses is very unique and attractive. This Culture in Bhuj is becoming very popular among tourist visiting Bhuj. Some hotel in Bhuj provide cheap lodging which is suitable for budget tourist. In some of the Hotel in Bhuj, culture of the city can be seen, that is rooms are decorated mirrors, clay, etc.

Bhuj Culture History is incomplete without its famous Rann Utsav(festival), also known as the Desert Festival. The main attractions of the Rann Utsav are exhibition of handicrafts, cultural events.

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Bhuj Handicrafts:

Culture of Bhuj has a wealth of traditional Bhuj Handicrafts. The major textile techniques for which culture of Bhuj is famous are listed below:

Block printing : Direct Block Printing: In Direct block printing, block is dipped in dye and printed directly on the fabric. Block Printing is old culture of the city.

Tie Dye (Bandhini): Bandhini designs are made in a number of colors, Designs are lightly printed with block made up of small dots, then crafts man or women tie tiny knots where there are dots. Tie Dyeing is very old culture of the city.

Types of Embroidery:

Embroidering the cloths is also very old culture of the city.
Aari: Aari embroidery is a floral style of embroidery, influenced by Moghul designs. Fine colour gradations are used and the figures and motifs in the designs can be representational.
Aahir: The style of Aahir embroidery is a flowing, curvilinear. The motif used in this type of embroidery are peacocks, parrots, elephants, and flowers.
Rabari: Rabari designs are in bold shapes. Design uses glass mirrors in various shapes: round, rectangular, square, triangular, and beak shaped.
Pakko: Pakko means solid. The designs and motifs are like aahir and more geometric than aahir. Mirrors are frequently used.

(Article Source: Bhuj hotels)

I am very impressed by the exquisite work on handicraft .. done by the local traders and capable women – while we visited Rajwadi, Rann of Kutch .. during my recent family vacation to Bhuj/ White desert ..


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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