Sunday, January 22, 2012

Embellished dwellings in Kutch...

Kutch is a mystical land.
Intriguing. Exuberant. Enthralling.

...and all I believe is to do with the people who have migrated from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Himalayas, Northern India and Central India.
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Each community bearing different names like Jats, Meghwals, Rabaris, Mutwas, Sodhas, Ahirs but bound together by the land.

The land that is dry, arid and harsh. The land that has seen years of drought and earthquakes.

Great admiration surges in my heart when I see the people of Kutch who have overcome these hardships by painting a vibrant colour-scheme on a dull, unyielding landscape. Their palette saturated with colours adorn they homes, their attires, their work and their lives!
May your days be filled with smiles this New Year:-)

Sharing with you few frames from their humble but grand dwellings. The dwellings which are fabulous examples of aesthetics & functionality. They are practical yet beautiful. They are small yet roomy. They are organized yet exuberant.
Chitra kaam on a Bhunga...

inside a Bhunga near Ludiya...

Inside and outside a Bhunga in Gandhi Nu Gaam near Ludiya, Kutch.
painted entrance...

Mutwa community dwelling...

Inside a Mutwa community dwelling in Dhordo, Kutch
Bhunga near Dhordo...

Interiors of another Mutwa Bhunga at Dhordo, Kutch.
lipan kaam...

Sculpted clay 'Lipaan' work on the exterior of the Bhungas.
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A Meghwal family in Hodka Village, Kutch.
Bhunga in Hodka...

Inside a Bhunga of Meghwal community. Everything one needs is neatly organized.
painted doors...

Painted doors.
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Vibrant patchwork quilts.
Bhunga near Hodka...

Look at all those quilts they have been sewing neatly stacked.
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Smiling in spite of all the hardships.
painted doors...

Art in every wall, every corner, everywhere.

...and it warms my heart to see art, embellishments, beauty winning over this harsh land of Kutch.

(Images by Arch)

30 comments:

Sandhya said...

This is awesome..I've always wanted to visit kutch. What a work of art !!!

Purvi said...

mesmerizing, how very beautiful, their decor, their homes, their clothes, their jewelry..simply gorgeous :)

vineeta said...

Gorgeous!! Reminds me of my trip - which seems like such a long time ago :( I *LOVED* the side profile picture of the woman. So happy, so powerful.

Isabel said...

Beautiful! Art meets life!

Dora said...

wao wish to go there sumtime..Kutch is awesome

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Indrani Basu said...

Wow, we are such a beautiful country! Each and every picture is inspiring!

Heetal Dattani Joshi said...

What lovely colours...you've truly captured the essence of not only the place, but also the people. Beautiful. :)

"meg"ha punater said...

Beautiful captures, Arch.

Arch at Rang said...

Thank you Ladies:-) Glad all of you liked the post:-)

Vineeta~ Isn't 'the' lady also in your photographs? Nirona right?;-)

kavtha said...

Wow!! how vibrant!! Hope you managed to bring back some quilts...

Praba Ram said...

Yes, that is some art to heart! Have to plan a trip.

Amrita Tripathy said...

I like the last but one pic the most, she is so gorgeous and beautiful!

Shanthi said...

Ooh Lala!! what an eye candy this is. I lived in Rajasthan for 2 years before we moved to Norway and I always felt I have never gotten enough of it. You are definitely traveling places Arch!

deepazartz said...

It's so very attractive...their works, art, home, the people...so beautiful! How well organized! Beautigul colour scheme:)

Ambika said...

Such simplistic beauty, loved these homes, and the way you have captured them

Jharna said...

hi Archana, beautiful post, love all the pics, specially the simplicity of the lippan kaam!
after seeing this, the feeling of visiting kutch has become even stronger; any recommendations on where to stay and the best weather to visit would also be appreciated.
btw did you manage to get some stuff from there..its all soo colorful n beautiful! Also wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that i am an avid follower of your blog..always waiting for the next post and the pics!!

Reshma at masalamangomantra.blogspot.com said...

Such beautiful homes! Love the splash of colors!

Sound Horn Please said...

Your Kutch series has me hooked Archana- Completely hooked!

sugirtha said...

It's always been wonderful to know the different and wonderful arts/people/places through your posts. This is one more... beautiful!

Samatha said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful post. Awesome pictures.
Loved the swing and the portrait of the smiling lady.

Design5 said...

Awsome! India is full of such beautiful gems :)

namkolar said...

archana, lovely pictures. would it be possible to get this lippan work done on walls of my house in bangalore? would you know any artist who would come down to bangalore? how can i get this work done at bangalore. i have seen this work in Gurjari showroom in koralangala. i asked them but they had no clue how it was done !!. please do let me know

Arch at Rang said...

'Lippan Kaam' is an art form very common in the Kutch Region in Gujarat.

I have seen versions of these in certain craft fairs in Bangalore not sure where you can find artisans who do this work in Bangalore.

Having said that do check with Kalamadhyam.
They work with artisans from all over India.

Sreekala said...

Wonderful pictures and writeup. I have always had this theory that the more barren the land, the more colorful and ornate the architecture and garments, e.g. Rajasthan and now Kutch. If the land is lush and fertile, garments and architecture become simple and plain, e.g., Kerala

K.R.Santhanakrishnan said...

awesome......lovely colours

Anu Gummaraju said...

The people of Kutch have such an amazing sense of colour and design! We could learn so much from them. The colours matched on the doors, the quilts and fabric stacked inside homes, the neatly arranged kitchenware and the art on their walls. Feels each pic is a lesson in design for us. Arch, beautifully captured.

notyet100 said...

This place is on my wish list now

feneil said...

hi, i am kutchi lived 31 years in bhuj.now married and came to chicago u.s. All this beautiful people in yours lovely pictures are my people and brings tears in my eyes.i worked with them for 5 years in kutchi crafts.I see your blog almost every day it motivates to do something crafty here in my home.

Pooja said...

love revisiting this page - what a great feature!

Asha said...

It is so inspiring to see your work.