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The Bhavnagar installation was conceptualised to bring alive the diversity of the region. This was done by bringing together the women weavers and beadmakers of Bhavnagar city and the brass and copper karigars of Sihor to be aided by inputs from the royal family members. The result is a unique exhibit composed of two installations and assorted handicrafts.
the installation
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The first installation is surrounded by a combination of brass and copper utensils and pataras created by the karigars of Sihor. This particular craft has been native to the region for over over 300 years and continues to be a source of income for several families.

The installation is placed upon a silk textile piece as a tribute to a craft that has vanished from the region.

The bright wraparound skirt is known as chaniyo, worn by the women of the communities here. Colourful, fine embroidery with native motifs embellishes this chaniyo.

The blouse, also known as ‘choli’, is shown here to highlight the evolution of design and fashion. The embroidered piece is made from khadi, the hallmark of Gujarat.

Finally, a traditional bandhani cotton saree has been draped in the local Kathiyawadi style on our mannequin. This drape is still popular in the region, however, the time and devotion required for fine bandhani work is more rare.

In the second installation, merging a contemporary element,the sari blouse has an edgy twist, featuring a one shoulder sleeve. Bharat kaam embroidery work can be seen as sleeve border detailing. Leaf detailing embroidery on sheer organza has been pieced and draped on the kathiyawadi sari. Chains of red beaded metal form an overlay structure extending over the shoulder. The sari has been draped around the waist.

a tradition of sustainability
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This installation was put together by utilising resources that required minimal energy. Brass and copper work, which serves as the backdrop is done by hand, while wood used in pataras is usually the leftover/scraps from the furniture wood utilised by karigars. The embroidery of bharat kaam, seen in the chaniyo above, is all done by hand by our local women weavers while the blouse is made of khadi, a versatile material with rich historic legacy in Gujarat.

The (highlighted) colours red and green are symbolic to the region and are the sign of a married woman.

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Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil
know the craft
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Pataras (treasure chests) 1
Pataras

These are traditional treasure chests, made out of wood, covered in a range of metals depending on the social strata. Embossed with beautiful motifs, these boxes were originally built to store textiles, utensils and, of course, jewellery. They were usually considered an essential part of a bride’s trousseau.

Bharat Kaam


This rich embroidery (seen in the channiyo above) is still done by several women from the convenience of their homes. However, as mass production and commercialisation take over, hand woven embroidered skirts are being replaced by machine made ones.

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Bandhani

Made using a highly skilled process, this is a type of tie-dye textile that is decorated by plucking the cloth with one’s fingernails to make many tiny bindings that form a design.

Beadwork

The type of jewellery work is a famous craft of Bhavnagar. Mothers and mothers-in-law spent tedious hours to create timeless heirloom pieces. Today, it is also used to create new age accessories such as mobile phone covers and handbags.

know the craft
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Pataras


These are traditional treasure chests, made out of wood, covered in a range of metals depending on the social strata. Embossed with beautiful motifs, these boxes were originally built to store textiles, utensils and, of course, jewellery. They were usually considered an essential part of a bride’s trousseau.

Bharat Kaam


This rich embroidery (seen in the channiyo above) is still done by several women from the convenience of their homes. However, as mass production and commercialisation take over, hand woven embroidered skirts are being replaced by machine made ones.

Bandhani


Made using a highly skilled process, this is a type of tie-dye textile that is decorated by plucking the cloth with one’s fingernails to make many tiny bindings that form a design.

Beadwork

The type of jewellery work is a famous craft of Bhavnagar. Mothers and mothers-in-law spent tedious hours to create timeless heirloom pieces. Today, it is also used to create new age accessories such as mobile phone covers and handbags.

Brought to Life at

Nilambag Palace
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The Palace was commissioned by Maharaja Saheb Takhatsinhji of Bhavnagar in 1879. It was designed by a German architect, Simms and has served as the home of the erstwhile royal family of Bhavnagar for generations. An imposing Rajula stone structure, the Palace was constructed with influences of Colonial architecture. Nilambag is a unique amalgamation of regal grandeur and functional magnificence. The palace was converted into a heritage hotel in 1984

Brought to Life with

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  • Designer Adaa Mallikk brought the second installation to life.
  • Local artisans were engaged in the craftwork.
royal patronage today
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The Bhavnagar Heritage Preservation Society founded by Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil, who belongs to the royal family, works towards the preservation, protection and promotion of Bhavnagar’s heritage. The older family trust where she gained her experience, maintains heritage hotels, historical temples and schools.

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