Tied to its roots: Life in Kutch's Bhrindiyari village
She didn't mind a click, but other women in Bhrindiyari do!
Mud and mirror work or Lippan work on the walls of a Bhunga or traditional Kutchi house
Women selling handmade items in Bhrindiyari village
Traditional Kutchi attire of mirror and thread work and bold accessories
Chai in their saucer and gleam in their eyes
Bhungas in a village resort for tourists
Happy Holidays. Here's a work of art for your stay
Always neat and well-kept: the inside of a Bhunga
Towards another day
Tucked away in a quaint corner of India, in coastal Gujarat, Kutch is the largest district of the country. Culturally rich, the district boasts of its uniquely and traditionally designed villages and houses. Small yet beautiful and well-kept, these houses or bhungas are crafted for the hot arid climate of Kutch. They have conical thatched roofs, Kutchi mud and mirror artwork on their inside walls, painted patterns on the outside and lots of vivid colours brightening up the dull, desert neighbourhood.
Everything and everyone here is untouched by contemporary mannerisms or fashions. People adorn only traditional attires and accessories, savour local cuisine and ride camels, all of which a guest can experience, including staying in one of the bhungas in village resorts developed for tourists who come here in large numbers, especially during local festivals like the Rann Utsav.
There are various local communities that reside in Kutch, with their professions mostly revolving around craftsmanship or herding and milking. More recently, some are exploring sectors like hospitality, catering to the ever-increasing tourist footfall.