Art&Craft
The village community of Hodka has an evolved sense of craft, which plays a defining role in lending the region its strong character and aesthetic appeal. In fact, handicrafts are the mainstay of the rural economy here. Creating objects of beauty - using vibrant colours and traditional motifs - forms a significant part of the lives of the Banni people.

The region is redolent with Kutchi embroidery, an elaborate art with different stitches such as the pakko, rabari, nain, suf, kharek, kambhiro, and khudi shebha etc. Intricate patterns are all handcrafted by the expert women embroiderers and stitched into colourful bed covers, cushion covers, wall hangings, clothes and bags. A village wedding is an occasion to gift the bride a handmade trousseau, lovingly put together over several years, every item meriting applause.

Every hamlet has its own distinguished designs and patterns. The men are traditional master artisans in leather. The Muslim Halepotra and Hindu Meghwals each have their own distinctive craft styles. The Meghwal men practice leather craft. The traditionally embroidered bridal mojadis (footwear) of the bride and the bridegroom, made in leather, are typical of the Meghwal community. Hand fans, mirror frames, wall pieces, and belts are also crafted in leather.

The artisans sell their goods directly from their artistic huts which are popularly known as Bhungas The circular mud hut with conical roofs made of thatch is an ingenious local invention that tackles the extreme climate. The Bhungas keep cool during the hot Kutchi summers and warm in the cold desert winters. The traditional Bhunga is an engineering wonder. This sturdy structure has been known to withstand severe winds and seismic activity because of its circular design and tough mud plaster. The roof protects the walls, which are adorned with colourful geometric and floral patterns. Women use earth colours to paint the different motifs and create mud-mirror work designs, known as Lippan work. . Symbolic of the rural art tradition is the charming design work ingrained in mud and embellished with mirrors known as Lippan Work. Though hand-block printing is practiced all over India in individual styles, Gujarat continues to be an important centre for this craft.

Underside of the wooden blocks with the etched design is dipped in the natural dyes and then slammed down over the fabric in little thrusts for a good impression. The Muslim Khatris constitute the majority of the block printing craft community.
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