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Like the fascinating culture of Gujarat, handicraft of Gujarat has also marked its presence in the world map. Gujarat handicrafts have many takers in the market across world. The art and crafts of Gujarat are indeed special
The beautiful state of Gujarat is situated on the western coast of India. The state is bordered by states like Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. The last three decades has seen Gujarat transforming into an industrial power, thereby reducing its pressure on agriculture and textile. Ahmedabad is one of the major cities of the state, which is also the home to Gandhi ashram and textile museum. Other important cities include Rajkot and Vadodara amongst others.
Crafts of Gujarat
Gujarat is highly affluent in terms of its arts and crafts. The state has a rich legacy of unique handicrafts. The state is rich is embroidery, leatherwork, bandhani and hand-block printing amongst other crafts. The patterns of these crafts are exquisite and are available in various forms. Moreover, they offer a good combination of diversity of arts and crafts with its aesthetic appeal.
Various types of handicrafts and handloom of Gujarat:
The various interesting forms of crafts found in Gujarat include:
Unique and variety of embroidery is one of the main handicrafts of the state. In fact, Gujarat is popular for the exclusive styles and techniques of embroidery or needlework. Not only in cloths, needlework is creatively done in other items like decorative pieces like wall hangings, pillow covers, quilt and so on. Applique or ‘katab’ is another from of decorative needlework, which the state is famous for. Other forms of needlework in Gujarat include Toran (Beadwork), Pachhitpatis (embroidered frieze), Chaklas (embroidered square pieces), Bhitiya, Abhala (mirror inset embroidery) and so on.
The tie-dyed fabrics of Gujarat are again exclusive handicraft work of the state that has a great demand world over. Also known as Bandhani, this craft is famous for their elaborate designs and patterns. Moreover, Zari work is also used along with Bandhini to give the fabric beautiful look. Jamnagar, Mandvi and Bhuj are the places especially popular for its Bandhini work across the world.
Beadwork of Gujarati with motifs and patterns depend on the technique of combining beads together and using them in different objects like wall decorations, potholders etc., in distinct patterns. Beadwork, also known as ‘torans’, is usually used in doorways in most houses.
Patola is the name of the craft that presents finest hand-woven sarees from the state. Patola of Patan is especially famous because of its striking beauty.
The folk jewellery making art of Gujarat by using precious stone with excellent designs is another well-known craft of Gujarat
The folk jewellery making art of Gujarat by using precious stone-cutting and processing with excellent designs is another well-known craft of Gujarat.
Gujarat offers a wide variety of furnishings ranging from plain and elegant cushion covers to quilts and bedcovers. These covers are nicely embroidered and with micro mirrors with different motifs and patchwork.
Pottery is the most ancient form of craft in Gujarat. Most villages in the state has potters who can do wonders with clay and make things like utensils, terracotta toys, mud wall paintings, and much more.
The woodcrafts of Surat, Kutchh and Saurashtra are very popular crafts in Gujarat. Similarly, woodcarving is another old art of the state, which are mostly found in temples and houses in Gujarat.
Textile culture of Gujarat has always been the major role-playing craft of the state. Textile culture with its superior quality and traditional as well as modern designs and patterns are very popular all over the world. Rogan, zari, Tye and die and Patola are included in textile culture patterns of the state, which have excellent influence on people with their traditional and modern designs.
Manufacturers of Gujarat handicrafts:
1. Gujarat Handicraft deals in manufacturing and exporting of Woodwork and woodcarving.
Address: Opposite Aalishan Shopping Centre, Near Bus Stop, Danilimda, Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 380 028 (India)
2. Jay Shemoj Handicrafts deals in manufacturing and exporting of wooden handicraft, bone jewellery, resin jewellery, horn jewellery, fashion jewellery, brass jewellery, shell jewelry, wood boxes, bone boxes, photo frame, jewellery boxes, Indian handicrafts, iron hardware, ash catcher, horn cutlery, candle holders and so on.
Address: Anand Vihar, Bopal Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
Exporters of Gujarat handicrafts:
1. Param Handicrafts deals in manufacturing and exporting of handicraft items.
Address: No. 16, New Sarita Society, Near Harshad Society, Chirag, Diamond Road, Bapunagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 380 024 (India)
2. Gujarat State Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd., (GSHHDC) is another organization that is associated with exporting as well as developing the handicraft market in Gujarat.
3. Shangar is a company that deals exporting brass artware, artistic statues, wooden carved furniture, pots, vessel, wooden panels, brass divas, plant hanger, wooden carved sofa, lacquered sofa and swings, and gift items to countries like UK, USA, and so on.
Address: Sadhna Building, near Khanpur Post Office, Khanpur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
The major markets where most of Gujarati handicraft goods are exported include, Australia, New Zealand, Indian Subcontinent, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, East Europe, North Europe, South/West Europe, East Asia, Central America, South America, South East Asia and North America
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