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LEARNING INDIAN CRAFTS

ROGAN ART: The village of Nirona is the only place in the world where the tradition of Rogan art is still practiced (a method of producing dyes from natural resources and castor oil and creating intricate and long-lasting designs on silk and cotton). Rogan art is a rare craft that is not well known even in India. Because of its rare qualities, its practiced by only one family in India and they reside in Nirona village in Gujarat.


RABARI WORK:

Bhujodi is well-known for its Vankars; weaver families, who produce colourful shawls, traditional blankets like the dhabda, dhablas, and floor coverings like woollen durries. Many of the weavers of this village have won prestigious national awards for their work. The shawls and other products are distinguished by their intricate woven patterns, tight weaving, and embellishments with tie-dye or embroidery.


Ajrakh block printing - The highly skilled and patterned Ajrakh block-printing came to Kutch from Sind 400 years ago when the Muslim Khatri’s settled in the village of Dhamadka. In 2001 a devastating earthquake severely damaged Bhuj, Dhamadka and other villages and towns all over the Kutch region. In the wake of this tragedy, the Khatri’s were brought closer together and a new village was created to rebuild their lives and their craft production, aptly named Ajrakhpur (‘place of Ajrakh’). Today there are Khatris living and working in both villages. The artisans of Ajrakhpur specialise in Ajrakh – a Block Printed cotton cloth used traditionally by local herdsmen with natural dies. Its geometrical and nonfigurative motifs often mirror those appearing in Islamic – influenced Indian architecture.

Lippan kam is done inside Bhungas / mud huts in villages of Kutch; sometimes you can find it on outer walls too. Generally, women make birds, trees, animals, and peacock, human figures etc in Lippan kam. It is done with a mixture of clay and camel dung. Then gum is used to stick mirrors. Originality of lippan kam lies in adding no colour or only whites. Small round, diamond-shaped or triangle mirror pieces are essential to lippan kam.


Pithora wall painting is practiced quite widely amongst the Rathva Adivasi of the Panchmahal and Chhota Udepur districts of Gujarat. Painting of Pithora is not just a form of art for the Rathva only, but an essential part of the practice for their major chief god Baba Pithora. They accept vows in multiple times of adversity to gain various boons from Baba Pithora, and to free themselves from all the problems. On the completion of their vows, they basically create the painting of Baba Pithora in their homes respectively. The main motif in these paintings of Baba Pithora is horses, representative representations of goddesses, gods, and relatives of the Rathva. The broad range of motifs in the paintings of Baba Pithora generally portrays various scenes of their beliefs, daily life, histories, and mythologies.


Wood Lacquering : Another family in Nirona is practicing wood lacquering. Raw lacquer in various colours is passed with great skill on the wooden object of focus in beautiful waves. The work they do is mainly focused on household items like jewellery boxes and kitchen utensils and is known to last more than 30-35 years. If the lacquer work starts to lose its sheen, just apply some oil on it to bring it back to its original shine.


POSHINA TERRACOTTA:Pottery is an art well known amongst the oldest and most appreciated art and crafts of Gujarat. This art is performed by ordinary rural locals who master this art of moulding clay into beautiful and well-proportioned utensils. After these utensils are created they are then painted with bright colours that enhance the beauty of the pot. The artist of this art are normally from Kutch and are renowned worldwide not only for their pottery but also for making a wide range of Terracotta toys or horses. Sabarkantha is a village in Poshina is known for its consecrate terracotta figures. These figures are considered to be an integral part of the rituals that is normally practised by their tribal communities like the Garasia Adivasis. These terracotta horses are called as Ghoda Dev have a unique place in these rituals and is considered as Gods messenger in many different cultures. These terracotta horses symbolise for the fulfilment of wishes and it is a fact that these terracotta horses have stood here for decades and decades.


SANKHEDA ART: Woodcraft is a traditional art in this state that exhibits the unique art of beautiful wooden handicrafts. These woodcrafts serve the purpose for utilitarian and also for architectural purposes. The woodcraft in Gujarat is originally derived from the following trees: Sal Teak Sheesham Deodar Redwood Rosewood Red cedar In Vadodara district, a place called Sankheda is well-known for its colourful wooden furniture. It is a perfect example of woodcraft, woodturning, and hand-painting on wood. There is an artisan community which is called Kharadi Suthars which is famous for making this kind of furniture. They use hand-held tools and basic machinery to create this ar. This is a very ancient tradition of making hand-painted furniture in Sankheda

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