Craft Villages around Bhuj
Nirona Rogan Painting Artisan Family
Handicrafts are a way of life in Kutch and what makes it so unique, colorful and therefore well visited from guests from all over the world interested in exploring crafts.
Around Bhuj there are several villages that specialize in different kind of handcrafts. These villages are home to numerous pastoral nomadic, semi-nomadic tribes. These are hope to over 30 villages that specialize in different embroidery. These villages, thanks to some grass root organizations have started to focus on embroidery / handicraft as principle source of livelihood and have begun to organise communities around this activity.
# Dhorodo, 80 km north, is the centre for Mutua embroidery (small mirrors, leather embroidery and silver jewellery).
# Sumrasar, 25 km northeast, is famous for its Ahir embroidery and Soof embroidery
# Loria(Ludia), 60 km away, has huts with painted and mirror inlaid walls, and is visited for its wood crafts.
# Zura, 30 km, produces embroidered footwear and other leather crafts alongwith Copper bells.
# Nirona, 40 km northwest, has embroidery, lacquered wood crafts, wood carving and where one can find rogan painting (fabrics painted using iron rods).
# Hodka, 63 km north, is the site of an indigenous tourism project, with a resort comprising tents and traditional bhungas, owned and run by the village in cooperation with hospitality professionals. Local guides show visitors around the village where one can buy embroidery direct from the artisans.
# Nakhtarana, northwest in the heart of the craft village belt, produces some tie-dye work.
# Bhujodi, 10 km southeast, is the centre for pitloom weaving.
# Padhdhar, 22 km southeast of Bhujodi, produces Ahir embroidery using round mirrors with floral and geometrical patterns.
# Dhamanka, 50 km east of Bhuj, is famous for its block printed fabrics, table and bed linen and garments using vegetable or chemical dyes.
# Anjar, 22 kms Southeast is known for its metalcrafts, especially betel nut crackers and ornaments, bandhni and block printing.