Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Destination Covered : Ahemedabad – Patan – Ahmedabad– Bhuj – Mandvi – Nakhatrana – Sumrasar – Hodko – Khavda – Bhuj – Ahmedabad
Day 01 : Ahemedabad
Arrival in Ahmedabad, Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives of Compass Tourism welcome you and escort you to your car. As the room keys and check in are organized our executive would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you. Check into the hotel and refresh. After leisurely lunch we proceed to Shreyash Folk Museum and in evening free time at Manek chowk.
Shreyash Folk Museum:
This museum displays the colourful and traditional folk arts of Gujarat. From textile and clothing to the decorative collectibles, the Shreyas Folk Museum brings out the traditional rustic flavour and cultural heritage of Gujarat.
Manek chowk is a prominent old city square which is surrounded by historical structures and monuments and souks. This bustling open square near the centre of the city functions as a vegetable market in the morning and a gold jewellery market in the afternoon, the second biggest in India. It is most famous, for its food stalls that start to emerge around 7:30 in the evening and continue till after midnight, with various local street food.
Overnight and Dinner at hotel.
Day 02: Ahmedabad – Patan – Ahmedabad (150 Km One way)
Early morning after breakfast proceed for world famous Calico museum as we have advance booking for you. This is the one of its kind museum in the world showcasing the versatile collection of several handicrafts and textile from dating centuries back. After museum visit we will depart for Patan city which is an ancient fort field town was founded in 745 AD. Patan is famous for Patola weaving technique. It is a form of dying art and is kept alive by few families who have been following the ancesteral profession since many centuries. We will visit one such family called the “Salvi family at patan” has kept alive the tradition of double ikkat and witness their hospitality. It is sheer poetry of the intermingling warp and weft of silken music that is the Patola of covetous desire. Also visit Queen’s step well and Modhera Sun temple and return to Ahmedabad.
Day 03: Ahmedabad – Bhuj (380 Kms)
Early morning after heavy breakfast we will depart for Kutch. Kutch has rich and diverse creative traditions which are live at the intersection of cultures and communities. On way to visit Ajrakhpur for Ajrakh Block printing, the word AJRAKH means ‘Keep Today’. After the visit of Ajrakhpur reach to Bhuj. Check in to hotel fresh en up and in the evening free time in Bhuj Market.
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 Ajarakhpur in Kutch is well known. The process of Ajrakh is time honoured. The cloth is made in a sixteen step process of washing, dyeing, printing, and drying, which requires a high level of skill and concentration in order to keep colors fast and even. Pomegranate seeds, gum, Harde powder, wood, flour of Kachika, flower of Dhavadi, alizarin and locally cultivated Indigo are just some of the natural resources that printers in this craft. 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. This is mostly made in Ahmadabad.
Overnight and Dinner at hotel.
Day 04: (Bhuj – Mandvi – Bhuj)
Early morning after breakfast depart for Mandvi for Mashru weaving - ‘The meaning of Mashroo is “allowed or permissible” in Arabic. The port town of Mandvi is at the center of Mashroo legacy in Kachchh, historically creating luxurious bolts of the fabric that Muslims and Hindus enjoyed.’it has a unique interweaved pattern that has cotton at the base but the upper surface has a rich sheen of silk. As the base of cotton gives cooling effect in the hot region of Kutch the usually bright and vibrant colours of silk reflect with visible contrast in the white barrens of Kutch and can be seen from distance. And then depart for Batik Printing – ‘Local legends share stories of the Batik practice of block printing being carried to Kachchh during the time of the Ramayana by seasoned, master craftsmen. In the evening visit Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi and free time on Mandvi Beach. After Depart for Bhuj.
The weaving of Mashru fabric is an old tradition in India and it was a popular trading textile to the Ottoman Empire and Gulf countries. The word Mashru is said to have come from the Muslim community, where Silk fabric was banned since it was made by killing the cocoons and silkworms. This led to the production of Mashru fabric as it had a Silk exterior but the inner fabric which stays in direct contact with the skin was made of Cotton. Mashru became very popular in Turkey, Persia and many Mediterranean countries as it gave them the freedom of wearing Silk clothing without breaking their religious laws.
The history of Indian batik can be traced as far back as 2000 years. Indians knew resist method of printing designs on cotton fabrics long before any other country had even tried it. Indian cotton and dyes were very popular. The indigo blue was one of the earliest dyes to be used. The elaborate process of dyeing and waxing was one of the hitches that caused the art to decline. Batik tapestries were elaborate illustrations of the art, culture and traditions of the days of the yore. Batik is a process of decorating cloth by covering a part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the cloth. The waxed areas keep their original color and when the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and undyed areas gives the pattern. One of the significant features of this art is that it is very simple and can be done by anyone. Colorful batik prints grace the home furnishings with elegance and style. Beautiful bags, household linens, murals and wall paintings with striking batik works enjoy a great demand in the domestic and international market. The art of batik is a three-stage process of waxing, dyeing and dewaxing (removing the wax). There are also several sub-processes like preparing the cloth, tracing the designs, stretching the cloth on the frame, waxing the area of the cloth that does not need dyeing, preparing the dye, dipping the cloth in dye, boiling the cloth to remove wax and washing the cloth in soap. The characteristic effects of the batik are the fine cracks that appears in the wax, which allow small amounts of the dye to seep in. Batik wax exercises an important function in the process of batik printing. Proper usage of wax results into an impeccable batik work. 30 per cent beeswax and 70 per cent paraffin wax are generally applied. During application wax should not be overheated or it will catch fire. The common batik fabrics that make for excellent batik prints are cambric, poplin, voiles, and pure silk are used. Natural colors derived from barks of trees, leaves, flowers and minerals were used.
Overnight and dinner at hotel.
Day 05: Bhuj – Nakhatrana (50 Kms)
Early morning after breakfast depart for Nakhatrana where we will be going to see Lacquer Work – “The word lacquer originates from the Sanskrit word Laksha meaning wax, which was used for both the LAC insect and the scarlet resinous secretion it produces that was used as wood finish in ancient India”, Metal Bells – “The Smith Man community from Sindh, (now in Pakistan) saw the potential for their craft and brought the craft to the land of Kutch. Rogan Painting – “which is art of painting is an ancient art over three hundred years old.” In the evening reach to Resort check in and leisure time in Resort.
Traditionally lac used to be sourced from insects which were found in abundance in forest areas. Later when that source dwindled lacquer resin began to be collected and prepared from certain species of local trees. Today’s artisan buy or purchases his raw material requirement directly from the market. Lacquer in Kutch is prevalent in the Banni area in and around the villages of Nirona and Bhirandiayara. The lacquer craftsmen belong to the Wada community of carpenters who are mostly semi-nomadic and make a variety of fascinating items lacquering them in a multitude speed of color on their unique mobile lathe machine, manually operated and easily carryable. This art of lacquer and the tribe practicing it are original migrants from beyond Sindh where this craft form is still practiced in the areas around Hala. Lacquer work of Kutch is simple reflection of Zigzag patterns creating waves of colors mixing with one another and adorning simplest of the products with vigor and exquisiteness. Even though the craft forms and technique are the same the design motifs differ while the Sindh artists use bold patterns and thick shades generations of exposure to different communities and designs in India led the Kutchi Wadha to leave the traditional patterns behind and move on to new abstract patterns. Earlier the communities in Kutch used to cater only to the local market but exposure through government schemes and tourism has widely increased their repertoire. Multihued vibrant wooden kitchen cutlery which includes mortar and pestle to the rolling pins for rolling the dough, furniture elements to cabinets and chests, window panels to thread wrapper, the paraphernalia and creativity of Lacquer craftsmen of Nirona consists it all.
The Gujarat state has a long history of metal ware harking back to the Indus Valley Civilization almost 3000 years ago. The influence of topography and the variety of different communities inspired the craft of the local metallurgist. The delicate filigreed in patterned vessels to the mixed metal casting of cow bells, the magical mystery of intricate jewellery to crudity of totems all add in to the varied design spectrum of Gujarat. Metal has been a powerful element in shaping the ingenuity of man. The ability to use fire to tame metal and cast it into various shapes defines the territorial boundaries of the metal smith. Ore and its fusion has been the mainstay of specialized artisans in Gujarat. Even though metal ore is not naturally prevalent in the state, metal ware developed to a fine art suffusing every strata of society. Varieties of different techniques are perfected to work in metal and its various alloys yielding a range of quality products. Different qualities inherent in each metal are lovingly coaxed out of the ore by the metal smith and rot into objects of splendorous beauty, aesthetic appeal and utility. The metal smith in Gujarat forms an integral part of community life serving on one hand an urban demand for intricacy in patterns to a pastoral need for ritual and clan identification. Over the time, the metal ware artisan of Gujarat has evolved into a flexibility of style and need fulfilling demands ranging from vessels to exquisite jewellery and the malleability of geometrical patterns tabling modern furniture and design accessories for interiors.
Rogan printing involves using a thick bright paste to paint on plain cloth. The paste is prepared by boiling the oil of safflower, castor or linseed and pouring it into water. This paste is mixed with chalk, coloured pigment and a binding agent to form a thick dye. The painting on the cloth is done using a stick, a rod or a metal block. Yellow, blue and red are the most frequently used colours. Geometric and floral designs are most common. Stylish results can be achieved using the most ordinary cloth. Rogan-printed cloth is used for saris, wall-hangings and curtains, among other uses.
Day 06: Nakhatrana – Sumrasar – Hodko (130 Kms)
This morning after breakfast departs for Dhordo on way visit Sumrasar Village for Weaving of Shawl and Stole – Weaving in Kutch is a traditional profession and skills are passed on from father to son. After having an experience of Weaving we will depart for Dhordo check in to hotel and after rest in evening we will visit White desert during sunset and return to resort.
Shawl and Stole Weaving:
This Textile legacy in the state has a chequered history dating back three thousand years to the Indus Valley Civilization. Years of migrations, conquests, and trade coupled with the ingenuity of the Gujarati craftsmen resulted in a vast variety of weaving, printing, painting and dyeing techniques. The craftsmen of Gujarat have a close affinity with nature and eulogize nature’s bounties in the design perception of their craft form. Textile traditions in Gujarat follow a variety of different styles, colour, patterns and themes.
Overnight and dinner at Resort. Bhungas – Mud Huts)
Day 07: Hodko – Khavda – Hodko (130 Kms)
Early morning after breakfast we will depart to Khavda for Clay Art - Clay craft is ingrained deeply into Gujarat’s ancient tradition and since then has continued to enchant the world. Then Wooden Craft - Wood carving is a famous and traditional craft of Gujarat. And leather Work - Leather artisans of Gujarat are adept at sculpting and stamping the material into a variety of products which are finding favour in today’s contemporary market. We shall also visit certain villages for traditional kutch embroidery.
Gujarat is known for its Terracotta, mud mirror work which has both scared as well as aesthetic appeal. The wet clay molded in different shapes and sizes is an, artistic expression of the vision and correlation of the society. Clay craft is also known in Gujarat as Contemporary Mud work in which, attractive wall pieces with small mirrors are made in Kutch. Traditional clay utensils like pots, Tawadi, Plates, Bowls etc.,with hand paintings are made in Kutch district. 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.
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.
Leather, the word itself evokes a feeling of style, elegance and a sense of sophistication. The supple, natural feel and texture of leather makes it the ideal raw material in the making of design accessories. The intrinsic qualities of the material such as tensile strength, feel, durability and its positioning as a high end niche product makes leather and the artisans working on it a class in them. The curing and tanning of animal hides by the earliest hunter gatherers and circumnavigating it into garments is the earliest example of design. Leather and its applications also find a mention in ancient scriptures and the Vedas. The style of curing hides determines the hardness or softness of the leather produced, thus influencing the product made. This naturally individualistic material takes minimum care and is renowned for its longevity, thus assuring a strong and durable product. Other craft techniques such as appliqué and embroidery dovetail into leather crafting to create products having a unique identity of their own. Sculpted figurines, filigreed ornamental boxes, stitched bags and purses combs and toilette delights are some of the design innovations born out of leather. This material lends itself brilliantly to functionality in the form of belts, footwear, stationary material, mirror frames and upholstery. The ability of leather to be tanned and dyed in any shade makes it a viable design icon.
Just like many other varieties of handicrafts, the embroidery in kutch is also very distinct. Every stich tells a story and every tribes belonging to several villages has a special kind of embroidery pattern that they follow. This becomes their identity through specific colours pattern and designs. There are more than 17 various kind of embroidery that are made all across kutch these can be seen in some special handicraft centres where the artisan perfume live demonstrations of the same.
Overnight and dinner at Resort. (Bhungas – Mud Huts)
Day 08: Hodko – Bhuj – Ahmedabad (425 Kms)
Early morning after breakfast we will depart for Ahmedabad. Check in to hotel and refresh after freshen up this evening we would visit an Indian family for an Indian home experience. The evening is planned to give you a 'feel' and insight into Indian family life as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and homemade Indian food.
Overnight and Dinner at hotel.
Day 09: Local Ahmedabad city visit and Drop.
Today early morning we will visit Ahmedabad City heritage walk which is run by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
Ahmedabad Heritage walk is a guided walk starts by 7:45 in morning with slideshow. A special feature of Ahmedabad is the plan of the old city comprising numerous pols, self-contained neighbourhoods, sheltering large numbers of peoples. Some of these virtually small villages, traversed by narrow streets, usually terminating in square with community wells and chabutaras for feeding birds, gates, Cul-de-sacs and secret passages. To experience the glory of Ahmedabad, it is necessary to walk through an old quarter and truly observe the nature of its architecture, its art, religious places, its culture and traditions. Walk will end up at Jamma Mosque. After walk we will proceed to Hotel. Check out and Transfer to the International airport to board your flight back home.