Brilliant Bandhani

Much like the ajrakh block printing which was the subject of my last post, another resist-dyed textile craft of the same area – Kutch in north Gujarat, is bandhani or tie-dye. Like ajrakh its rich pattern and texture gives it the ability to sparkle and entrance the viewer or wearer. The tiny white dots created …

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A little bit of Kachchh in Manchester

An exchange project organised by A Fine Line involved two artists Lokesh Ghai, textile artist and graduate of National institute of Fashion Technology in Ahmedabad, and teacher at Kala Raksha in Kachchh, and Shamji Vishram, a weaver from Bhujodi, Kachchh exhibiting their work and carrying out workshops in various galleries in the North West. These included …

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Ajrakhpur

When I went to visit Judy at Kala Raksha, I told her about my study into block printing and she gave me some contact details for some of the block printers in Ajrakhpur and Dhamadka. I set out to Ajrakhpur on the bus 10 km outside Bhuj. As usual I had to ask people to tell …

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Return to India

 Temple at the top of Kaolo Dunghar hill in Kachchh I’m welcoming the new year with a three week trip to India. I’m looking forward to seeing the people and places I feel I got to know well last time. The welcoming families of the villages of Kutch.  I spent three months here n 2008, …

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