The last stop before the drop off is ‘Bujodi – Handicraft Village by Ashapura Foundation. It’s a good initiative to pass the benefit directly to the artisans and there is no middle man involved. You can even buy a ticket to the parliament house re-make which showcases 4d animation show. If you choose to do that then you will have to make your own way to the airport or station. They drop you to the airport by 2.30 pm. There is no lunch time in between and the only option at the airport is some dry snacks and sandwiches.
As we walked out of Aina Mahal, we decided to take an auto to Bhujodi Village. Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of people involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers and many will let you watch them work. In the village, there is Ashapura Crafts Park set up to help artisans display and sell their work. Its an interesting place to visit when you are in Bhuj, to buy shawls, mud work paintings, jutti's, and various other handicraft goods.
This place revives the art and craft of Kutch and is a major textile hub in the area. A must visit to connect with the local artisans and get to understand their craft. And ofcourse to calm down the shopaholic in you!!
An artisan village located 8km from Bhuj. This is a major center for textile handicraft and over here you will get to meet the real artisans – weavers, block-printers, tie & dye artists – who are behind the famed Kutchi handicraft.
Bhujodi is a sleepy town, 10 kms from Bhuj, but houses at every nook and corner will have merchants selling you Kutchi work. Ranging from home décor items like ‘torans’ and wall hangings; to garments, bed sheets and even accessories like bags; the handicrafts are available in all the traditional Kutch embroideries as well as the infamous ‘bandhani’ work. The person we visited to buy garments from told us that they do home deliveries all over India as well, provided the orders are in bulk; orders for at least 10 people. The shop owners buy the garments from local tribes in the Kutch area; hence displaying a wide variety of the various types of ‘Kutchi’ hand-work. The handicraft shops are essentially a part of the owner’s house, with a room converted into the shop exhibit, and the ladies make their own handicrafts in their home. This does mean that the supply is usually slower than the demand; but the number of such shops is quite reasonable.