Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bhunga huts of Kutch

My Bhuj trip was so crammed with different sights, sounds and artistry of different sorts that I had no idea of what awaited me as our jeep drove up to this village, but the colourfully painted and patterned compound wall should have told me.
We stepped into the spotless white compound and passed these really pretty young women giggling and chatting over embroidery and beadwork. In contrast to the white washed walls, between the 3 of them, they wore every colour in the rainbow.

We walked further in to see these beautifully painted cluster of round hut homes & it dawned on me that I was finally seeing the much awaited Bhunga's or circular mud homes of Bhuj. The lady of the house was a tall striking and confident woman who was very accustomed to welcoming many people into her home. She gladly showed us around and completely took in her stride the complete awe and nonstop photographing. The guys spoke to the men-folk & while I photographed, the girls oohed aahed and bought and bought.
These homes are called Bhunga huts and are designed to last long and protect against desert sandstorms and earthquakes. Incidentally these kind of homes are the only one that escaped the 2001 Gujarat earthquakes.I love how each window is treated completely differently.



This girl was really vivacious and we found out she was from a neighbouring hut & wanted to take us to her home - but time didn't permit
There's more coming up. This was just the exterior - it just wouldn't do it enough justice to cram it all in one post. This post is also blogged on Vogue.in. Those interested can hop across & read it there, it is slightly different.

11 comments:

Dithi said...

Wow! Your previous blogs inspired (read : compelled) me to plan a Rajasthan trio within our India trip, now I am tempted to do a quick Bhuj before Mumbai.... gosh! Is a weekend enough for this Vin?

GB said...

Lovely pictures as always Vineeta...loved them all! thanks for sharing

vineeta said...

Dithi, I did this over a long weekend. I went on a Friday evening, and was back by Tuesday monrning. We packed in a LOT. We were out before daybreak & were back only by 8ish & ready to hit the sack. But it was so totally worth it.

GB, Thanx :)!

Sound Horn Please said...

Rajasthan was on high on my list of places to visit during my India trip. Now I'm adding Gujarat to that list!

Patricia Torres said...

Vineeta.. oh my!! what lovely lovely pics.. I cant get enough.. Love those colours.. and all that hand painted stuff.. Everyone there must be so so talented.. Gosh!! I cant begin to imagine..

Now I really want to travel to Kutch.. and I totally envy you!! *wink*

Veda Murthy said...

This is the most colourful post I have ever seen! Beautiful Vin!

Georgianna said...

INCREDIBLE. Wow, I love seeing this. What beautiful women and fascinating art!

india inspirit said...

lovely post !! breathtaking photos!!

Kamini said...

Beautiful! The colors are incredible! So intense and vibrant! Love it Vineeta.

Meena Sriram said...

Love all these wonderful pictures..they're so colourful and brilliant!! They've truly captured the spirit of Kutch and these talented,incredible women!
Fabulous work, Vineeta!

Maria Dermengiu said...

this post is just amazing, I love the colors, everything, so inspiring ...