Since India is rich and abundant in its natural resources, most of its arts and craft forms derive raw materials and design influence from nature. Almost all the ancient art forms are eco-friendly and mostly celebrating nature. From vegetable dyes, natural fabrics, nature-inspired patterns and design, its products are ecologically natural.
Art, history, music, culture form a wondrous matrix that is the cultural exuberance of the people of the state. The people of Gujarat and Rajasthan are gregariously friendly, inviting and will entice you to come again and again. Aavo Padharo are words of welcome in India. The Gujaratis and Rajasthanis certainly believe that ‘Guest is God”.
Here are communities living side by side, at peace and expressing their differences through colour, textiles, art and crafts.It is here that Mahatma Gandhi, in his struggle to achieve independence from the British, seized upon the idea of using the domestic weaving industry as a symbol to bring home to people the implications of commercial domination by foreign rulers. ‘Khadi’ (cloth that was hand woven from indigenous hand spun cotton) was the symbol of independence and self sufficiency. The Khadi program reinvigorated the handloom industry of India. It inspired use of traditional weaving, organic printing and painted textiles.Women cooperatives belonging to such groups as the shepherds, gypsies and farmers use traditional embellishments, fine embroidery and imaginative appliqué techniques as part of their everyday life. The tradition of cloth manufacture and organic printing here continues to develop and the production of handmade textiles is growing.