Jami Masjid

I got to visit Ahmedabad in April this year. I had a list of places to visit in the old city. Fortunately, I got to stay with an influential Gujarati family who took me all around the city. The first and foremost thing you should do is to register yourself for Heritage Walk Morning heritage…

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Block Printing

In 12th century, several centers in the south, on the western and eastern coasts of India became renowned for their excellent printed cotton. On the southeastern coast the brush or kalam (pen) was used, and the resist applied by the same method. In the medieval age, printing and dyeing of cottons was specially developed in…

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Weaving

Weaving is a method of fabric production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth.  On my trip to Ahmadabad last month, I visited Sabarmati Ashram where I got to see how to make thread out of cotton through a Charkha. When the magistrate asked Gandhi ji on…

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Calico Museum of Textiles

Ahmedabad, the city once known as the “Manchester of the East”, due to its textile industry. I visited the city this month and had few selected must to go places. Calico Museum of Textiles was on the top of that list. It was initially a disappointment to know that you should have a prior booking for…

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‘Patang’

Uttarayan (The International Kite Festival) is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Gujarat. The name Uttarayan comes from joining two different Sanskrit words “Uttar” (North) and “ayan” (movement towards).  Uttarayan, or Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun starts to travel towards north as a sign of coming summer. On January 14 every year,…

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On a day off

One of my dear friend ‘Nevine’ was in town last week. She is a great craft lover. We travel all around the city every time she comes here. This time our target was Connaught Place. There is a small lane on Janpath where you get some really beautiful handcrafted stuff. Here’s a small glimpse on…

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