Bhavnagar Art & Craft is representative of a unique ethos that it shares with the people of the state. The bazaars and the countless little shops in the city display an array of articles, created with great zeal by the skilled artisans of Bhavnagar.
The art and craft of Bhavnagar has evolved in the past years by a process of assimilation that has provided the artisans an opportunity to expand the horizon of creative expression. Consequently, Bhavnagar produces cotton drapes with embroidery popular in the other regions of the state. Bhavnagar has long been popular as a cotton trading post. The city has also prospered due to the trade in diamonds. The carved diamonds that are intricately cut and designed in Bhavnagar, reflect the expertise of the artisans in this craft. The city is also reputed for its beadwork. Apart from these, furniture created of lacquer work is popular in the outskirts of the city. Villages outside the city also engage in handloom weaving.
Shri Khodidas Parmar is one of the reputed artists of the country, who hails from the city of Bhavnagar. The painter excels in the traditional and folk style. His work has been recognized and felicitated by the different art schools in India. He is presently engaged in collecting drawings and impressions of the traditional motifs popular in Gujarat for his book on Folk Motifs of Kutch and Saurashtra regions.
Last Updated on 23 July 2012
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