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The colours of Kutch

Memories of our visit to arid but colourful Kutch in Gujarat: intricate handicrafts, magnificent old palaces, pristine beaches, and of course the endless white slat plains of the Great Rann.

In late 2013, my wife wanted to visit Kutch in Gujarat as a sourcing trip for her fledgling ethnic gifts business, so we decided we would turn it into our annual new year’s holiday. We spent close to two weeks in Bhuj and its surroundings (arguably home to India’s highest concentration of high-quality textile handicraft producers), investigated lots of towns and villages, and took in India’s great white salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch.

These are some memories of our visits to Bhujodi, Nakhatrana, Nirona, Ajrakhpur, Mandvi, Sumrasar, Lakhpat (and countless other little towns and villages whose names I, for the life of me, can’t remember), and our stays at Bhuj, Devpur Homestay, the Khamir Craft Resource Center, and the Gateway to Rann Resort.

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The colours of Kutch

Gujarat_Bhuj_Pragmahal_Sparrow - The colours of Kutch
Sparrow (one of many) – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj
Gujarat_LakhpatFort_Doggie - The colours of Kutch
Doggie on ramparts – Lakhpat Fort
Gujarat_GreatRann_Feet - The colours of Kutch
Quite a feet! – Great Rann of Kutch
Gujarat_Nakhatrana_LeatherWallHanging - The colours of Kutch
Intricate leather wall hanging (now in our bedroom) – Nakhatrana
Gujarat_DevpurHomestay_DevparYaksh - The colours of Kutch
Our room – Devpur Homestay
Gujarat_Bhujodi_RamjiVankarsLoom - The colours of Kutch
Ramji’s loom – Bhujodi
Gujarat_Bhujodi_TeaStallAtBusStop - The colours of Kutch
Happy tea stall owner – Bhujodi bus stop
Gujarat_GreatRann_SunsetReflection - The colours of Kutch
Reflected sunset – Great Rann of Kutch
Gujarat_Kalo_Dungar - The colours of Kutch
Lookout – Kalo Dungar
Gujarat_GreatRann_LonelyWalk - The colours of Kutch
Endless desert – Great Rann of Kutch
Gujarat_GreatRann_SaltCrystals - The colours of Kutch
Salt crystals – Great Rann of Kutch
Gujarat_GreatRann_DoubleTrouble - The colours of Kutch
Double trouble – Great Rann of Kutch
Gujarat_Dhordo_NightSinger - The colours of Kutch
Night singer – Dhordo
Gujarat_Bhuj_PottersHouse - The colours of Kutch
Potter’s home – Khavda
Gujarat_Bhuj_HamirsarLake_Pelican - The colours of Kutch
Resident one-winged pelican – Hamirsar Lake, Bhuj
Gujarat_Bhuj_Pragmahal_Chipmunk - The colours of Kutch
Curious chipmink – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj
Gujarat_Bhuj_Catnap - The colours of Kutch
Cat nap – Bhuj
Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_Weavers - The colours of Kutch
Proud weavers – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi
Gujarat_Dhordo_NightSingers - The colours of Kutch
Band of night singers – Dhordo
Gujarat_Bhuj_PragMahal_Cornices - The colours of Kutch
Cornice – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj
Gujarat_Bhuj_Ainamahal - The colours of Kutch
Aina Mahal palace, Bhuj
Gujarat_Bhuj_RestingCow - The colours of Kutch
Resting cow – Bhuj
Gujarat_Ratnal_HappyKids - The colours of Kutch
Happy youngsters – Ratnal
Gujarat_Kutch_RannUtsav - The colours of Kutch
Embroidery in the sunset – Dhordo
Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_CoffeeTables - The colours of Kutch
Unfinished furniture – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi
Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_Door - The colours of Kutch
The Blue Door – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi
Gujarat_Ajrakhpur_BlockPrinting - The colours of Kutch
Block printing in progress – Ajrakhpur
Gujarat_Ajrakhpur_PrintingBlocks - The colours of Kutch
Old printing blocks – Ajrakhpur
Gujarat_Ratnal_RabariMatriarch - The colours of Kutch
Rabari matriarch – Ratnal
Gujarat_Bhuj_RepurposedTaurus - The colours of Kutch
Repurposed Enfield Taurus – Bhujodi
Gujarat_Khavda_LadyinYellow - The colours of Kutch
Lady in yellow – Khavda
Gujarat_Ratnal_Peekaboo - The colours of Kutch
Shy girl – Ratnal
Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_CowBell - The colours of Kutch
Cowbell – Hiralakshmi Craft Park
Gujarat_Khavda_familyHome - The colours of Kutch
Family home – Khavda
Gujarat_Mandvi_Beach - The colours of Kutch
Solitude – Mandvi beach
Gujarat_Bhuj_KhamirCraftResourceCenter_DoggieOnKhat - The colours of Kutch
Dreaming doggie – Khamir Craft Resource Center
Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_Shawl - The colours of Kutch
Tassled shawl – Hiralakshmi Craft Park
Gujarat_Bhuj_KhamirCraftResourceCenter_PupsPlaying - The colours of Kutch
Pups in the sunset – Khamir Craft Resource Center
Gujarat_Mandvi_Flamingoes - The colours of Kutch
Flamingos – Mandvi
Gujarat_DevpurHomestay_Entrance - The colours of Kutch
Misleading entrance – Devpur homestay
Gujarat_Nakhatarana_AhirMatriarch - The colours of Kutch
Ahir matriarch – Nakhatrana
Gujarat_Khavda_ModelTruck - The colours of Kutch
Model truck – Khavda
Gujarat_Mandvi_GreyHeron - The colours of Kutch
Grey heron in the surf – Mandvi beach
Gujarat_Mandvi_Transport - The colours of Kutch
Transport, both old and new – Mandvi shipyard
Gujarat_Mandvi_ShipBuilding - The colours of Kutch
Work in progress – Mandvi shipyard
Gujarat_Kutch_Sacredtree - The colours of Kutch
Sacred baobab – somewhere in Kutch
Gujarat_LakhpatFort_Tomb - The colours of Kutch
Intricate tomb – Lakhpat Fort

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