THE CRAFTS

MUD, MIRROR AND THREADS

THE WORKSHOP

Gujarati women from Kutch in Gujarat
Gujarati women from Kutch in Gujarat

Lippan art in a Bhunga house
Lippan art in a Bhunga house

Courtesy Grassi Museum

Gujarati women from Kutch in Gujarat
Gujarati women from Kutch in Gujarat

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Women at Lippan art workshop
Women at Lippan art workshop

Woman making Lippan art
Woman making Lippan art

Embroidery demonstration
Embroidery demonstration

Women at Lippan art workshop
Women at Lippan art workshop

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Finding Inspiration in every turn

In several workshops women from South London and the Neasden temple in Brent created art pieces based on the rich tradition of Gujarati embroidery and mural craft called ‘Lippan art’.

For the embroidery, the women took inspiration from romantic, architectural, human motifs as well as Persian and Mughal art. Bright colours, mirrors, flowers, birds, peacocks, elephants and dancers – all form part of the rich tradition of Gujarati embroidery.

Lippan art is traditionally created on the walls of the Bhunga round houses in Kutch. These scintillating murals decorated with mud and mirrors bring gaiety and beauty to the generally harsh life of the people living in this arid part of Gujarat. Mud mirror work has gathered attention in the modern world for its intricate pattern and aesthetic perfection. Therefore today one can find these creations in pieces of wall decorations in urban homes as well as in international art exhibitions.