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A puppet, originating from the Latin ‘pupa’ meaning doll, is literally a small scale figure usually with a cloth body and hollow head that fits over and is moved by the hand. Through puppets have remained in India as objects of art, entertainment and culture, puppetry seems to have been swallowed in the whirlwind of time. These puppets are vibrantly coloured and beautifully hand painted.

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Bhagchandra Rampal Bhat Hanumanpura, opp. Dandichowk Ashram road, juna vadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Ahmedabad
The quintessential clay pots to a variety of clay figures and toys like horses, cows, bulls, buffaloes are the items which are very essentially a part of Indian pottery. In Gujarat, tribes in the Dangs make and worship their own clay gods. Since pottery is made out of clay, which is an environment friendly and recyclable material, it is an art that will survive the ravages of time!

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Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
Gujarat has been the home to metal work from as early as chalcolithic (copper, stone age). Hammering, forging and casring have been the three major methods of metal work in Gujarat. The beautiful metal articles are made in several parts of Gujarat which includes various metal sculptures, statues, metal crafted decorative items, vases, utensils, ornaments, jewellery and metal furniture, etc. They are distinguished by ornate and sophisticated designs, finesse and finishing. Metal work from Gujarat has been famous since ages and has thus maintained its glory worldwide.

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Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
The original tradition involved silk x cotton woven yarn, which is now modified into rayon x cotton woven yarn. Weaving is done mostly in stripes, ekat patterns and dotted designs. Use of bright colours is synonymous with type of yardage. Width: 22” to 36”.

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Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
Applique is one of the oldest and finest crafts of Gujarat. By using different patches of fabric, beautiful forms of floral and animal designs are prepared for quilts, hangings, modern household products and apparels. So by piecing cloth together as in quilts, different patterns are made by applying cloth of different colors. Multicolored covering of jigsaw pieces formed of geometrical shapes creating tensile tensile texture and visual treat, is the impression one gets while seeing an applique or patchwork. Colorful and vivid shapes and forms of fabric patched together or on another surface creat the most affractive and vibrant textile products. The art of decorating a textile product by applying fabric on fabric with the adges sewn down by stitching can be termed as applique while patchwork is the art of sewing little patches of geometric shaped fabric to form a textile pattern. This craft is done in Saurashtra, Banaskantha, Patan and Kutch.

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Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
Indian temples have been centers of art and architecture since ancient times. Each temple according to geographic location has their own art style, motifs, representation of deities and their stories. Clothes of the deities, their adornments and vibrant temple hangings have intensified the ambience of these temples. The main textile art that evolves from the temples are depicted in the temple hangings. These pieces of cloth are embroidered or painted with stories about the relevant God. Although Gujarat is known for its exquisite embroidery, the lesser known art of Kalamkari is equally appealing and unique. Kalamkari refers to a method of painting natural dyes onto cotton or silk fabric with a bamboo pen or kalam. Kalamkari in Gujarat differs from that done in south with its central theme-the Mataji and hence owning its name Mata Ni Pachedi.

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Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
Gujarat is the centre for Bead Craft, also known as Moti Bharat, across India. Bead craft is the art of making household decorative items like chaklas, Indhonis, Mangal kalash & nariyal and torans and jewellert like necklaces, bangles, earring etc. Motifs and patterns are dictated by the technique of putting two or three beads together. This art has originated from Saurashtra region, Rajkot, Bhanagar, Amreli and Junagadh Districts are and it is also practiced in Ahmedabad. Tribal artisans of Panchmahal and Vadodara Districts are also making traditional bead jewellery, ornaments when worked around solid objects such as coconuts and pot-rests it takes a breath taking three dimensional forms. Bead craft is used for making home décor items. It is also popular in the tribals of dahod, vadodra and Panchmahals.

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Amreli
Gujarat dominated the seaborne cotton trade through ages and is still today a major producer of block prints. The combination of printing with mordant dyeing is typical of the technique in many parts of Gujarat with hand carved woven blocks and prints on fabric. The ‘Ajarakh’ resist printing of Dhamadka and Ajarakhpur in Kutch is well known. The ‘Matani-Pachhedi’ used religious purpose made by the ‘Devi Pujak’ community uses a combination of block printing for the outline of the pattern and the painting of the mordents. Vegetable ‘prints from Dessa, Ahmedabad and Kutch, ‘Batik’ prints from Bhujpur, Mundra and Mandvi villages of Kutch and ‘Saudagiri’ Prints of Ahmedabad are famous. Salwar suits, shirts, kurtas, jackets, skirts, sarees, dupattas, dress-materials, furnishings like bed-covers, pillow covers, table cloth, napkin set, curtains are some of the items made with unique hand block printing.

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Bhuj
Bhuj
Rogan painting is a unique craft and practiced by very few families. Rogan painting involves the use of a thick paste which is prepared by boiling the oil of safflower, caster or linseed and pouring it into water. This paste is mixed with chalk colour pigment and a binding agent to form a thick dye. The painting on the cloth is done using astick rod or a metal block. Geometric and floral designs are the norm. Red, blue and yellow are the usual colours that are employed. Rogan printing is used for decorating wall hangings, table-cloth, curtains, sarees and skirt borders.

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Ahmedabad
Bhuj
Wood carving is a famous and traditional craft of Gujarat. Temples and old houses provide the best example of the richness of this craft with projecting balconies and floors of the mansions deeply carved. Wooden boxes and chests were once major dowry items. Bhavnagar can boast of the ‘patara’, a bridal chest on wooden wheels. Pethapur has its carved blocks. But, there is no need to pine for the past as doorframes, lintels, and shafts are available even now in Gurjari. Even inlay work using coloured wood, horns and even commercially viable options like plastic are used in artifacts, wooden plaques.

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Rajkot
Bhuj
Leather craft is infinitesimal in shape, composition, pattern and décor. The traditional pieces are more original, individualistic and colorful and largely embroidered. Fascinating articles are made out of leather like, cushion covers, bags, fans, to name a few.

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Ahmedabad
Bhuj
Gujarat is known for its embroideries in immense variety of styles and techniques. These embroideries communicate class and uniqueness. Each style is a distinct combination of stitches, patterns and colors and rules for using them was shaped by historical socio-economic and cultural features. Gujarat is world renowned for its enormous variety of embroideries. Most of these were traditionally stitched by rural communities, especially women. Embroideries from Gujarat are Perfect in distribution of colors, which flows from one color to another. The rich embroideries like ‘Ari’ and ‘soof’ from Banaskantha, ‘Kathipa’ , ‘Mahajan’ , Kanbi’ , ‘Rabari’ embroideries from Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Junagarh regions of Saurashtra and ‘Ahir’ , ‘Mutwa’ , ‘Soof’ , ‘Neran’ , ‘Kharek’ embroideries from Kutch district are famous. In Gujarat, women not only embroider their cholis and ghaghras but also items for decorating their houses such as chaklas, Wall Hangings, Toran, Pillow Covers, Cushion Cover etc.

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Kutch
Bhuj