Khamir in BhujKhamir is a cultural institution in Bhuj which acts as a platform for the cultural ecology, hetirage, and crafts of the Kachchh region in Gujarat. It was started after the 2001 earthquare in order to help maintain the creative industry in Kachchh. The name stands for Kachchh Heritage, Art, Music, Information, and Resources. In Kachchii, the local language, khamir means ‘intrinsic pride’. Khamir serves as a platform for promotion of traditional handicrafts, allied cultural practices, processes involved in craft creation, and preservation of culture, community, and local environments.
The institution was established in 2005 as a joint initiative of Nehru Foundation for Development and Kachchh Nav Niram Abhiyan. Khamir has been formally registered under the Societies and Trusts Acts in 2005.
Mission of Khamir in BhujKhamir’s main mission is to sustain rural creative industries in Kachchh and guide them to make profitable models of viable economic practice. Their goal is to create a democratic and empowering space- a common roof under which a range of stakeholders can exchange ideas and collaborate. Their vision is of a vibrant, sustainable Indian craft sector in which crafts and artisans alike are highly valued by people worldwide.
Exhibitions at Khamir
Every year Khamir artisans and staff put together an exhibition highlighting on of their crafts. This year, Khamir is showcasing pottery. The exhibition, Ghadai, will be showing January 17th to March 31st 2015 on Khamir’s campus in Bhuj. For more information watch see the trailer below and follow their website and facebook.
Crafts at Khamir in BhujThe various crafts practiced at Kamir are described below
Ajrakh Block Print
Camel Wool Weaving
Mashroo WeavingThe Mashroo textile was woven mainly for Muslim communities as they believed that silk should not touch a person’s skin. Thus Mashroo textile came into existence by weavers who mixed silk and cotton threads to create a textile that was rich silk on one side and simple cotton on the other. Mashroo means “this is allowed.”
Recycled Plastic Weaving
EmbroideryKachchh is popular for its fine folk embroideries. It is known to make 17 distinct types of embroideries which can be seen in the fabrics in the market. Some of the most recognized embroideries are Soo , Ahir, Rabari, Sodha Rajput and Jat.
NamdaIt is made primitively from sheep wool. Nmada is made by cleaning and dying the wool after which it is compressed into sheets.The artisans then make intricate and colourful designs which are often embroidered. This craft is used to create saddle blankets for camels and horses and camels.
Other CraftsYou will also find evolvement of other crafts at Khamir like Pottery, Rogan painting, Wooden Carving, Silver smithy, Wood Lacquering etc. Most of these crafts has lost its demand in the market. However Khamir is helping in sustaining these crafts by creating network chains between the artisans and buyers. They are also promoting these crafts at various exhibitions held by them. Khamir now has many foundations and companies which are committed to buying the craft from them. The artisans are also happy with the revival of their skills and recognition of their work.
Contact KhamirWebsite: www.khamir.org
Phone Number: +91 99-79-450131
Visiting Khamir in BhujTheir campus is open from Monday-Saturday from morning 10am to 6pm.
The campus is at its best from October to March with exhibitions and events being held between December and March.
Reaching Khamir in BhujKhamir is situated in Kukma village which takes about 30 minutes from Bhuj.
You can catch a sharing auto which run throughout the day from Jubilee Circle in Bhuj to Kukma. Once you reach Kukma, then you can hire a private rickshaw to drive the last 2 kilometres to Khamir.
Khamir is the pride of Kuchchh. You must visit this place if you are in Bhuj. The number of crafts that you get to see in this institute will leave you astonished. So be there and get there!