Craftsmanship & Textile of Gujarat
Baroda – Khambhat – Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – LRK – Bhuj – Khavda – Banni Villages – Bhuj
Day – 1 – Baroda – Khambhat – Ahmedabad
Arrive at Baroda and drive to Khambhat & see bead making later drive to Ahmedabad.
Arrive at Baroda airport and drive to Khambhat to see bead making: Beadwork is one of the specialties of Gujarat’s art and craft. Motifs and patterns are dictated by the technique of putting two and three beads together. The artisans of Khambhat continue the craft of stone cutting and bead making, which began in ancient times. Later drive to Ahmedabad
Day – 2 – Ahmedabad
Today proceed to see KalamKari work: KalamKari work is a type of hand painted or block printed cotton textile.
Day – 3 – Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – Dasada / Bajana
Morning drive to Dasada / Bajana via Patan and Modhera, visit Rani Ki Vav & Salvi Family (Patola Weaving) at Patan and Sun Temple at Modhera, continue drive to Dasada / Bajana.
Rani Ki Vav at Patan: Rani Ki Vav is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This Vav was constructed by Udaymati, the queen of Bhimdev and represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture. Sahastralinga Talav, an artificial tank was built by the Siddhraj Jai Singh in Gujarat. The architecture of this tank integrated the great sense of water management and sanctity of water in Hindu religion. Later visit Salvi Family, one of them has continued this traditional art. The weaver makes the special Patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials. Later drive to Modhera and Visit Sun Temple: Sun Temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God (Surya). It was built in 1026 AD by king Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. The temple comprises three separate, axially and integrated elements. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund. The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom. The temple was so designed that the first rays of the sun fell on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time equinoxes.
O/N Dasada / Bajana
Day – 4 – Dasada / Bajana – Bhuj
Today morning visit local community called Mir only at Dasada to see Bead work. After lunch at the hotel drive to Bhuj Enroute visit villages Dhaneti & Dhamadka to see the Ahir embroidery and Block printing and then continue drive to Bhuj.
Day – 5 – Bhuj – Khavda – Banni Villages – Bhuj
Today morning drive to Khavda to see Pottery work: Clay craft in Khavda have an altogether different dimension. The beauty of clay crafts in Khavda is witnessed in the form of bhungas which is a round hut made from mud and wood with a thatched conical roof. Later visit Hodka to see Leather work. Hodka village is quite famous for its art and craft work. Every hamlet in the village has their own distinguish designs and patterns. The area is famous for its leather craft. Later drive back to Bhuj.
Day – 6 – Bhuj
At an appropriate time drive to Airport/Railway Station to board Flight/Train.