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Chitra Kaam – Kutchi Mud Work Workshop
November 3, 2022 @ 8:00 am – November 6, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
Mud Work or Chitra Kaam as it is known locally is a unique tradition of sculptural artwork created by the women of Kutch to decorate their homes. Incorporating three dimensional geometric patterns with inlaid mirrors these artworks are created freehand with a mixture local clays combined with fine, fibrous horse manure for strength. Traditionally created to embellish doorways, windows and interior walls, this craft is slowly disappearing as families opt to plaster their homes in cement.
Meet the Artisan
In this workshop you will be learning directly from master artisan Bharmabehn. She is the proud owner of one of the few remaining earthen Bhunga’s in the region. Her home is a stunning example of this unique cultural tradition. Bharmabehn is highly regarded for her intricate mud work. She has created stunning pieces at Hunnarshala in Bhuj & at Shaam e Sarhad Village Resort in Hodko. Bharmabehn is an experienced teacher having taught both mud work and clay painting at CEPT University in Ahmedabad. Like all women in her community she is also an accomplished embroider and happy to share her culture with all.
What You Will Learn
- How to identify and harvest natural clays suitable for sculptural work and clay painting
- How to prepare clay for sculptural work and painting
- Natural admixtures
- How to create designs in the Kutchi tradition
- How to use your body as a measure for precision
- You will gain a unique insight into Kutchi traditions pertaining to vernacular architecture, handicrafts & culture.
Inclusions & Cost
- 4 days of hands on teaching & practice in a small group setting
- All materials
- 3 Vegetarian home cooked meals a day
- 4 nights triple or quad share/twin share/ private in a homestay setting (attached bathroom)
Optional Add On
Wood Carving – Lakadi ki Khodai is another famous vernacular tradition of the Kutch region. In this workshop you will spend two days learning under the guidance of master artisan Deva Marwada. His family have been creating masterpieces to ornament grand Haveli’s for centuries. Their designs, consisting of eight different geometric patterns, have been handed down to them by their forefathers. True to their tradition, every aspect of their work is still done by hand. Take the time to learn a little about this stunning vernacular tradition that is still being practiced by many families in Ludiya village in Kutch For a quick introduction spend a day, or for more detailed practice stay for a few days. It’s up to you.
What You will Learn
- Introduction to the various woods used in the Kutch region
- Introduction to hand tools used for wood carving
- Demonstration of 8 different wood carving designs
- Guidance on how to work with chisels
- Practice with one or two of the most basic designs – dependent on prior skill level
- Instruction on how to measure and draw designs for carving work
Cost & Inclusions 2500
- 1 Day wood carving instructions from Master Artisan Deva Marwada.
- All wood and tools provided
*Accommodation can be provided at Ludiya village in a homestay. Price available on enquiry.