This is the story of how a group of women in rural Gujarat in western India, in need of work and water, found each other, formed craft Association, and a built a museum. This exhibit shows some of the techniques and processes that the SEWA artisan community follow.
Women artisan give the yarn to the weavers in their village to weave cloth. This cotton yarn spun by the women artisan is given to the weaver in the village to weave cloth from it. The women are therefore in this way were responsible for their entire family's clothing needs. The amount of Cotton cultivated in the fields was first used to spin enough yarn for the family to be clothed. Depending on different neet the cloth is woven. For men’s attire-faliyu for middle part of bady and chornu is lower garment.
The herbs and natural minerals used in dyeing are clockwise – jaggery, tamarind seed powder, ground alum, rusted iron filings, green vitriol, myrobalan, ground dhavadi flowers, tamarind, pomegranate bark, and in the center acacia catechu bark. Natural dyes are soothing to the body, are locally available, and the colors stay fast.
After tying the cloth dyeing is a very important part of the cycle that includes making cloth for embroidery, the fabrics woven by the Vankars. Colouring included using the resist dyeing technique to make fabrics which would be used on different occasions.
Here, the artisans are in a group performing the dyeing process in their backyard.
The traditional mirror work on the wall would be found very commonly at Rabari community houses in Gujarat. The patterns of the mirrors on the wall are very similar to the motifs on the clothes of the ladies in the village. The only main difference is that the wall is only white while the garments are full of colours.
Such mirror decorations on the wall have found value for storage of articles which are very common in Rabari women household. The middle one is used for storage of food grain on daily basis - like milk, curd and bread etc., while side ones used as dry grain storage article (Kothi). Also seen in this image is a little part of the inside bedroom of the house. We see tiny spot lights falling on the floor. These are caused due to the gaps in the roof of the house, which was simply a criss-cross mesh of some material like bamboo.