1.Living & Learning Design Centre, Bhuj, Gujarat
This LLDC centre consists of a craft museum, shop and cafe. It was opened in 2016 and is a modern, well laid out museum. I learnt a lot at this museum and would highly recommend adding it to your Gujarat itinerary.
Kutch has more than 22 different crafts practised incudingembroidery, metal, leather, rogan painting, tie-dye, lacquer and silver work. LLDC is a place for preserving, promoting and celebrating the crafts.
It’s open from 10 am – 6 pm, except Mondays. Entry is around 150 Rp. There is also a shop on the way back into Bhuj that is worth checking out.
2. Crafts Museum, Delhi
The Craft museum in Delhi is home to more than 33,000 artifacts from all over India. Unfortunately the lighting in the museum needs improvement.
The museum grounds are nice and there is a shop and cafe. My favourite feature is the craft demonstrations. Artisans from all over India are invited to exhibit their products and demonstrate their craft. This includes embroidery, paper mache, puppet makers, weavers, painters and more. It was a fabulous opportunity to meet artisans and learn more about their techniques.
It’s open from 10 am – 6 pm, excluding Mondays. Cost is 200 rupees for international visitors.
Be sure to include a visit to the craft museum when you visit Delhi. The exhibitors really appreciate your visit!
3. Calico Museum, Ahmadabad, Gujarat
This is the magnificent gate to the Calico Museum in Ahmadabad. The museum offer one guided tour a day at 10.30 am.
It’s free but bookings are essential. Phones, bags, wallets etc are not allowed. You can take a pencil and paper for sketching.
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