Patchwork

Patchwork

Patchwork is the art of sewing little patches of geometric shaped fabric together to form a textile pattern. The surface texture and bright colors of patchwork along with the well composed array of squared and tringles, attracts any induvidual and has remained being a favored textile proucts. Traditionally the patchwork technique was mainly used for fabricating quilts using used pieces of fabrication by the women in rural areas.

Embroidery

Embroidery

The art of decoration of fabric or other material with threads, wires or leather using a needle may be defined as embroidery. With the advent of sophisticated machines, embroidery is possible by machines also, especially for repetitive volume work. But, it is the hand embroidery that continues to fascinate mankind for thousands of years. Traditionally, women have been practicing this art from time immemorial. But in the last few decades, men have pickup this craft in a big way. There are scores of embroidery stitches practiced by various communities globally. Embroidered fabrics are not only used for apparel. It is widely used in furnishing and to create unique decorative pieces of art. Gujrat is famous for its aari embroidery.

Block Printing

Block Printing

Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles There are three main techniques in the making of a block printed fabric, direct printing where the dye is applied directly on the fabric with the block, resist printing which as the name suggests the process uses wax or lime to resist the dye and Discharge printing which uses repulsing material to open up areas on the dyed fabric wherever the block is applied. The variety of printed textiles is immensely wide and designs keep getting innovative and change according to market requirements, fashion trends, and influences of variegated forms of design being generated the world over.

Badla Work

Badla Work

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Bandhani

Bandhani / Bandhej

Speckled with tiny square shaped dots, textured with crinkled crease of fabric, dyed with vivid dramatic colors bandhani or tie and dye of Gujarat attracts all the attention and admiration. Floral or abstract, circles or zigzags, figures or animals, birds or trees- diverse patterns are created by the distinctive technique of tie and dye which is traditionally beckoned as Bandhani or Bandhej. As the name suggests, the resist technique of tie-dyeing is derived from the Sanskrit name Bandhana or Bandha. The name which refers to both the technique and the end-product is created by the tedious process of pinching and resist tying of the fabric before dyeing. The tied areas indicating the patterns remain undyed creating dotted outlines of forms.

Bead Work

Bead Work

Patchwork is the art of sewing little patches of geometric shaped fabric together to form a textile pattern. The surface texture and bright colors of patchwork along with the well composed array of squared and tringles, attracts any induvidual and has remained being a favored textile proucts. Traditionally the patchwork technique was mainly used for fabricating quilts using used pieces of fabrication by the women in rural areas.

Puppetry

Puppetry

Tinkling and glittering tit-bits swaying with the wind, add in a flavor of fervor and vibrancy to any living space. Gujarat has been known for its range of toys and accessories, hangings and ornamental knick-knacks swinging from reality to abstraction. Each of these articles which may not have major functional purpose are objects created with love and joy for the sake of beauty and zeal. A large variety of materials is used in the creation of these trivial yet brilliant objects of art. Decorative hangings made of old rags, beads, sequins, embroidery threads, printed patches and many other elements are created not only to decorate the living spaces but also to add a welcoming spirit for the guest and the house members.

Crochet

Crochet

Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a single crochet hook is used instead of two knitting needles, in Gujarat mainly Muslim community practice this craft .the designs are primarily based on the print motifs like boot, floral, nosegay, almond and date. the women make decorative as well as utility crochet lace items.