Tour of Ahmedabad – a city which quietly blends the glorious past and a vibrant present. Founded 500 years ago, Ahmedabad was a center of Moslem power & splendor and the house of a rich Islamic military official elite and of skilled Moslem weavers, but its wealth came from trade sector which had been controlled by Hindu & Jain merchants. These merchants controlled Ahmedabads trade in textiles, when the city was an crucial center on the key trade routes. At a single time it was said that Ahmedabad hung on 3 threads: gold, silk and cotton. These days the city has over 40 mills that employ thousands and generate about a third of India’s total textiles.
Visit to the Shreyas Folk Art Museum, which houses a distinctive collection of the crafts costumes of Gujarat. The collection bears testimony to the ingenuity of the artisans & craftsmen of Gujarat & their innate understanding of form & colour.
Patan – the residence of the popular Patola sarees and mashru weaves. Patola silks in-all more than geometrical patterns are woven in the telia rumaal approach. The double pre-dyeing on the silk threads of both warp & weft according to calculation is a fascinating time-consuming & laborious procedure, which explains the high price of patola silks. Exported to Samarkand, Baghdad, Damascus & Rome in the 15th & 16th centuries, the silk patola retains its original intricacy of motif & design.
Carry onto Pethapur to see manufacturing of wooden blocks utilised in block printing. The wooden blocks that Gujarat produce is the finest in the country and is employed by other states as properly. The designs on these printing blocks are as imaginative as the embroidery of the state. Gujarat is also the centre for the production of dyes – each synthetic & all-natural and these dyes & blocks are exported from Gujarat to other nations. Hand – blocked textiles present a limitless scope – wall hangings, property furnishing, linen, dresses, skirts beachwear, handbags, turbans are all produced from textiles ranging in width from 36 to 72.
Go to the neighborhood textile bazaars and see the most artistic tie & dye techniques, which outcome in fascinating patterns of stripes & dots, are done in Gujarat. The English word bandanna comes from this element of the globe & indicates a massive handkerchief with dots bandhana(to tie) from the technique bandhani or tie & dye!
Modhera – famous for the Sun-God temple constructed in 1025 A.D., for the duration of the area of the Solanki dynasty. The temple dedicated to the Sun god, stands high on an elevated plinth overlooking a deep stepped tank. The special function of the temple is that the first rays of the increasing sun at the equinoxes shine straight into the shrine, illuminating the image of the Sun-god. The temple also has exquisite sculpture, scalloped arches and tiered columns.
Visit the Calico Museum housed in a popular wooden carved Haveli. The Calico Museum of Textiles is regarded one particular of the finest textile museums in the Far East. Its rare collection of fabrics dates to the seventeenth century. Included are Patola fabrics from Patan and South India, temple cloths, textiles from the Mogul period, hand-woven cloths, brocades, and wooden blocks displaying the Portuguese influence.
Shreyas Folk Museum – is in the sloping green woodland that makes up the Shreyas Foundation. The museum has a fine collection of folk art and objects that illustrate the culture of Gujarat. On display are exquisite embroideries, uncommon pots, pans, and other utensils, handicrafts, weapons, and bullock and camel carts. The museum also has a young children s section that displays costumes, folk art, puppets, coins, and legends of numerous Indian states.
N.C. Mehta Museum of Miniatures (L.D. Institute of Indology, homes uncommon Indian miniatures, a collection amassed by a philanthropist who donated them to the museum.
Textile Craft outlet of SEWA, Self Employed Girls Association meeting with crafts ladies and see them operating.
Sabarmati Ashram was Mahatma Gandhi’s headquarters for 15 years. Many of Gandhi’s historical events, such as the Dandi March, commenced here. The ashram was founded in 1915 and these days homes numerous of Gandhi s personal effects. It nonetheless makes handicrafts, handmade paper, and spinning wheels.
Dinner at the Vishala Village Restaurant to see folk dances, music & stage art. Also pay a visit to Vechaar the antique utensil museum.
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