The colours of Kutch

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.

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