Leather Embroidery & Applique of Gujarat

Leather Embroidery & Applique of Gujarat

Using leather, multi-coloured threads, mirrors and cotton cloth the craftspersons of the Meghwal Community from the Banni and Pachchhan areas of Northern Bhuj create the most astonishingly gay and cheerful leather panels, mirrors, chappals and other decorative and utilitarian items made of leather.

Leather work is a striking example of a craft that has successfully moved out of the village milieu into the urban market. The craftspersons fashion products of interest for the larger city markets with accustomed ease. Buying their raw materials locally - leather from Ahmedabad, mirrors from the village itself - they create products that are being marketed and sold internationally.

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