Kutch is famous for its Great Rann of Kutch, an enormous white salt desert that lies within the boundaries of Thar desert. The endless white fields of salt is truly a wonder India is blessed with. As much as we know Rann Of Kutch for its great salt desert, it is also a place known for its artistic handicrafts. Most of the small villages in the Kutch district are engaged in the craft business, preparing some of the finest artifacts that they put on sale during the Rann Utsav.
Kutch is a famous tourist destination, and its market has a lot to offer to the shopaholics especially those who admire the precious artworks. The whole region is dotted with the artisan villages each one with a unique style of handicrafts. Kutch is most famous for its embroideries.
There are several tribes that prepare the various handmade articles with the famous art of their region. More than 11,000 women and 65 villages are engaged in the handwork business. You can buy embroidered bedsheets, clothes, jackets, sarees, carpets, etc. from the villages of Kutch.
Kutch is better known for its varieties of embroideries and handwork which is imported in all the other parts of the country. The mirror work is the indigenous art form of Kutch. The Bandhani work, also known as tie and dye technique has its origin here. The large imprints of Batik and Ajrakh prints that are widely used for the cloth material, bedsheets, suits and sarees and are also one of the famous works of this region.
If you want to explore the origins of the artwork you can visit the famous art villages in the Kutch district. You can visit villages like Bhujodi, Dhamkada, Nirona and Bhachau. The young artisans of these villages have put on display their artworks in the UNESCO exhibitions, and some of them have won National awards for their work. There are also many emporiums and exhibitions that offer the handicrafts of the district. Most of the shops lie in the Bhuj main market. You can visit places like Khamir crafts store in Bhuj, Rainbow Textiles in Ganghara, Shrujan-threads of life and Aslam?s collection on the outskirts of Bhuj.
The handicrafts shops are located in the main market of Bhuj. Bhuj has its own railway station. You can reach there by bus or by hiring or by a taxi.
Visit the local villages to explore the art and craft industry. You can also get the handicrafts at slightly lower prices.