Bandhani : Ties, Dyes and Bumpy Rides

For the last two and a half months, we have been following Bandhani artists everywhere in Kachchh. We have invaded their homes with our cameras and microphones, our smiles and awkwardness, our questions and curiosity. The search for Bandhani took us to several places ; Anjar, Badli, Bhuj, Mundra, Mandvi, Tera and Virani. So many voices, so many faces to this popular craft. And never before have I seen a greater hospitality. They fed us, sang for us, and shared with us, their side of the story.

Very soon, in the month of January, we will celebrate these stories in the form of an exhibition at the Khamir campus. There will be workshops to participate in, photographs to see, films to watch, people to meet, and lots and lots of secrets of a craft that is much celebrated not only in Kachchh but in the entire country.

Bandhani in Kachchh

And here is a little glimpse into our adventures, a trailer to a film made by two wonderful friends, Jilna and Sarah.

See you in Jan!

  1. I too have visited the wonderfully talented and little known textile craftspeople of Kutch, their gentle souls and industrious lives touched me deeply……it’s time we in the Western world opened our eyes and looked past the clones that machines spit out! I commend your efforts to promote their work.

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