About ten kilometers east of Bhuj, lies a 500 years old village Bhujodi, which is house to many artist, most of whom excel at the art of weaving, more popularly known as 'Tana Bana'. This craft is said to have evolved at the time barter system was practiced. The Weavers depended on the 'Rabaris', the nomadic and cattle rearing community, for wool, milk products and grains and in exchange weaved for them. The local art of weaving provided identity and fulfilled the needs of many communities of the region to cover against the weather.
The weavers of Kutch are Meghwal who migrated from Rajasthan six centuries ago and are commonly known as 'vankars'. Each intricately woven piece of cloth, inter-wined with the warp and the weft, takes a lot of time to complete depending on its pattern. Traditional designs are a distinctive style with simple geometric shapes such as stripes, diamonds, triangles, star shapes and chevrons.
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