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Meet Artisans in Open Studio Craft Tours

2 reviewsBhuj, Kutch, India

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Experience hosted by Judy

6 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

I will pick you up and escort you to a village. In each village, we will visit three different artisans’ studios. They will show you the age-old concepts and techniques of their work, and examples of their own individual innovations. Close interaction with these young masters will give you a unique, off-the-beaten-track experience in understanding living traditions. We will have a delicious home-cooked lunch at one artist’s home, and meet his family. Then we will meet the artisan designer group and enjoy an exhibition of all of their work. If you like, you may purchase directly from the artisans.
I will pick you up and escort you to a village. In each village, we will visit three different artisans’ studios. They will show you the age-old concepts and techniques of their work, and examples of their own individual innovations. Close interaction with these young masters will give you a unique, off-the-beaten-track experience in understanding living traditions. We will have a delicious home-cooked lunch at one artist’s home, and meet his…

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What's included

  • Food
    Home-cooked local vegetarian food.
  • Drinks
    Tea is an essential sharing in a way of life.
From ₹2,500
/ person
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Meet your host, Judy

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Founder Director of Somaiya Kala Vidya, I have lived in Kutch and worked closely with artisans for 29 years. I founded Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, the first design school for traditional artisans. For this concept, I was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship in 2003. In 2014, I transferred the program to Somaiya Kala Vidya and in the last 6 years, I have expanded the program to include Outreach, Workshops, and Open Studio tours. I was awarded the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education in 2009, the Crafts Council of India Kamla award in 2010, and the George B. Walter’36 Service to Society Award in 2014. I have also directed textile tours to Kutch and beyond since 1980, and run workshops since 2003. My close personal relationships with artisans provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience traditions up close.
Founder Director of Somaiya Kala Vidya, I have lived in Kutch and worked closely with artisans for 29 years. I founded Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, the first design school for traditional artisans. For this concept, I was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship in 2003. In 2014, I transferred the program to Somaiya Kala Vidya and in the last 6 years, I have expanded the program to include Outreach, Workshops, and Open Studio tours. I was awarded the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design E…
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About the organisation: Somaiya Kala Vidya



Somaiya Kala Vidya offers education in design and business to traditional artisans of Kutch. It teaches artisans to innovate to sustain heritage. Outreach programs share design education with artisans in other regions. Craft workshops and courses and Open Studio Tours educate visitors in the value of tradition and provide artisans with visibility and valuable market intelligence.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Somaiya Kala Vidya.

Where you'll be

You will visit the unexplored back lanes of Ajrakhpur, a village of traditional hand block printers and natural dyers, and Bhujodi, a village of traditional handweavers. The villages are peaceful, easy-going and yet charged with the energy of hand craftwork. These are genuine self-contained craft worlds.

2 reviews

Si Ying
January 2020
Whether you’re interested in textile, culture and society, or just wanting to get a glimpse into the lives of the artisans, this will be for you! In fact, everyone who is visiting Bhuj should go for this open studio tour! It will be different from any other because both Judy (current founder director) and Nishit (future director) of SKV work closely and have an amazing relationship with the artisans (those who have graduated from SKV). We were brought from one workshop to the next, with each artisan explaining in detail the entire process in succession of dyeing in Ajrakhpur and of weaving in Bhujodi. You’ll only get to see one village a day because of the depth of content and there is just so much to see and learn from these artisans. Please make sure to dedicate TWO WHOLE DAYS for both villages because it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.
Whether you’re interested in textile, culture and society, or just wanting to get a glimpse into the lives of the artisans, this will be for you! In fact, everyone who is visiting…
Shu Min
January 2020
We signed up for two open studio tours to Ajrakhpur and Bhujodi. Both were amazing! Our guides, Judy and Nishit, and all the artisans whom we met, were so generous with their knowledge and time, sharing the history, materials and process of their craft. Truly a unique insider look into the spaces and ways of working and living in the villages. The artisans we met were all graduates from Somaiya Kala Vidya, a design school for artisans, and it was very exciting to see how they’re re-inventing traditional techniques to create some highly original pieces. We had so much fun. Highly recommended!
We signed up for two open studio tours to Ajrakhpur and Bhujodi. Both were amazing! Our guides, Judy and Nishit, and all the artisans whom we met, were so generous with their knowl…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

More tips

Guests will have to book their own accommodation. Fees are quoted for a one day tour. The lunch included is local vegetarian fare. Special dietary requirements should be mentioned. Transportation is not included but can be arranged in some circumstances. Photography is usually ok.

What to bring

An open, adventurous attitude, a bit of patience, and good humour

comfortable shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and a hat (maybe)