On the festival of Diwali, Hindu traders and businessmen worship the goddess of prosperity and start
Patola is one of the most prized and valued textiles. (As described in the earlier post on “Patola” ) It is revered not just for its religious significance across many faiths, but also for the amazing level of skill and perseverance required to make it.
Mud relief work is one forte of village dwellers, which they use to decorate their houses. In the great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, many hamlets have Mud relief walls with the motifs that usually represent their feelings and beliefs.
Pethapur village in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, is a hub of wood block makers, who supply customized blocks to the centres of block printing. Wooden block making has been a popular profession among the inhabitants of Pethapur for about 300 years.
A craft tradition so deeply inherent in the collective identity of the practitioners, that their
Colour permeates every single activity in an Indian’s life, more so in our villages. In Kutch, Gujarat, colour pervades not just the gorgeous clothes of the Kutchi people but even the small, nondescript items of everyday use. Spoons and ladles, chakla – belan (board and rolling pin), toys, stools, dandiya sticks, everything is covered with psychedelic patterns and merging zig zags of contrasting colours.
Gaatha brings to you, traditional handicrafts and the culture behind them, directly from the very home of the Indian artisan.