Anubhuti programme at Kutch region of Western India is a peek into its extremely rich culture and traditions that have a very ancient history. Indian culture and its textiles are interwoven.
Gujarat is an area which many years ago attracted migrants from many other places around due to its location. Bringing with them their expertise in block printing, weaving, dyeing and embroidery and myriad forms of textile art.
Participants will spend time learning the various textile art forms through a hands-on immersive experience.
Nearest railway station –Bhuj
Nearest airport – Bhuj
The largest district of Gujarat, Kutch is a paradise for eminently colorful and culturally rich prints, weaves & exquisite embroideries.
With the local artisans & learn about traditional textile art & designs.
The Khatri dyers migrated from Sindh at the invitation of the King of Kutch about 400 years ago. Their tradition of making designs on fabric using woodblock in deep crimson red and/or deep indigo colours still prevails centuries later. Beautiful detailed Moroccon motifs, the printing is done by hand with hand carved wooden blocks.
Several different blocks are used to give the characteristic repeated patterning. Making the blocks is a considerable challenge since the pattern has to synchronize perfectly. The authentic Ajrak is printed on both sides by a method called resist printing. Participants not just visit Ajrakhpur, a small village dotted with various workshops with artisans deeply engaged in their work but also an interaction with Judy Frater, Director, Somaiya Kalavidya and her network of artisans.
There are about 16 different types of embroideries known in Gujarat, each belonging to a different community. All of these communities have their own, unique style of embroidery, motifs, patterns. Designs through which one can identify the social status of the individual.
Participants will get an opportunity to experience the vibrance of these embroideries, its history, and the social context. Learn about the struggles of the artisans and look at the opportunities that lie ahead.
"Tell me, and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand. - Confucius"
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Extensive grasslands and the vast lakes in the desert – the exquisite ecosystem of Gujrat are home to beautiful but highly endangered bird species. Participants will explore these ecosystems with local experts to understand the need for conservation and return inspired to take actions needed for protecting our cultural and natural heritage.