GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION* (GI) DETAILS:GI: Kachchh(kuh-ch) Shawls
GI application no: 174
*Read below about what is GI
Handwoven on a loom
Heritage motifs inspired by the lifestyle of local pastoralists
Features mirror work
14 hours weaving time
2-3 hour finishing time
1-2 artisan process (from spinning to finishing)
100% pure wool
Wool sourced from matured sheep and goats (not lambs and kids) in Gujarat and Rajasthan, India
Light weight, soft, warm, intricately woven motifs and mirrors, handloom pure wool soften with use
Wash in cold water with mild (e.g. herbal) shampoo, dry flat
Series No 1003 is unique in being envisioned, designed and finished by master artisans Vankar brothers and their family, who present their contemporary take on the popular ornate mirror work of Bhuj.
Achieving such intricate motifs, which are a part of Kachchh weavers' heritage, with this type of wool is an achievement in itself. Topping that is their ability to use yarn of one shade and create a highly refined piece of textile. Choosing white over the more popular vibrant hues of Kachchh, also makes this particular artisan family - Vankar brothers - stand apart from the rest.
With this deviation, Vankar brothers explore new possibilities and open themselves up to newer markets. Never mind a business degree, these guys know what they are doing.
Often we end up losing several forms of awe-inspiring craftsmanship over time as they lose relevance in our everyday lives, reducing to them works of arts. The problem there is that works of arts never sustained an artist, at least not in their lifetime. That is my opinion anyway.
So the only way to carry on this durable, environmentally-friendly, community building tradition of craftsmanship, it is best that the hand crafted product evolves, without losing integrity, to integrate into the everyday lives of people's lives. This will open up chances to penetrate new markets.
*GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION (GI)
The particular craft of achieving such intricate patterns using pure sheep and goat wool on a handloom is found only in Kachchh and was practiced in the creation of series no 1002 Kachchh Shawls.
Not a surprise then that Kachchh Shawls are listed as a proud recipient of GI (application no 174). Learn more about what is geographical indication.
International Center of Crafts, NID, Gujarat featuring mud and mirror work from rural interiors