I have spent 18 years of my life in Gujarat (West of India). Brought up here and finished school and graduation. I have moved around various parts of the country (India) and one thing that i have never missed is to miss Gujarat. Be it the food, warm and friendly people, the culture, the spirit to celebrate festivals everything has grown in me and has become an indispensable part of my life. This week I had a business trip to Ahmedabad and decided to capture the spirit of the city/state in pictures. Law garden is one of the most famous street markets in Ahmedabad. From Jewellery, bed sheets to Chanya Choli (it’s a skirt with a short top and stole worn especially during Navratri, which is a festival famous for its dance form Garba which is a way to worship goddess “Amba”) and gifting items, you get it all. The work on all these items is of threads, its called “Kachchhi” which originates in Kutch (a district in Gujarat). Women work for several hours and produce some of the most intrinsic and colorful designs ever. You will be mesmerized with the beauty their work portrays. So here is my photo essay on the street market of Ahmedabad at Law Garden.
“Walking down the memory lane, joy, nostalgia, happiness all at once…my steps are pacing” “Clothes, bags and knick knacks the lane has much more than material it beholds colorful memories” “My memories fade and then become strong, is this what I used to wear in the festival?! Yes! They still look so gorgeous and beautiful” “I sell art, I make women more beautiful, everyday”
These are beautiful bed sheets made of Bharat work (a type of embroidery). Elephants, camels, men and women in traditional outfits (mostly dancing), flower patterns are the most common symbols you would seeThis bed sheet is a mix work where you would see birds, animals, gods (Lord Krishna & Lord Ganapati) all woven in one piece. They individually might not make any sense but the sheet looks so beautiful. A piece worth a buy
Such hand-made wall hangings are very famous in Gujarat. You would see them displayed in many homes. Most of the times they are made by the women of the house. In smaller towns and villages many women make a living out of this. These hangings come in several shapes, form and colors. “I swing and dance, I am laden with colors, I look gorgeous in this anyway my outfit dances to my rhythm, it shares my spirit of Celebration” This is a typical Chanya Choli as I mentioned above. They come in various gorgeous colors, with flowers, threads, hangings and whatever accessories or decoration you could imagine. Women just cannot look ugly in this one 🙂 “Of beads, gems and threads” Accessories which mainly compliment the Chanya Choli. They look beautiful with traditional Indian wear too like Saree and Salwar Kameez These are Tika. They are worn in hair and fall on your temple, a little above the middle of your eyebrows This is a Jewellery box and has peacock and flowers designed on it. This delicate work is called Mina. Mostly comes from the artisans of Gujarat and Rajasthan
All the above pictures give a flavor of the Colors which you would experience as a part of the Gujarati Culture. These colors are a symbol of exuberance the City radiates!