Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Inside a Bhunga hut, Bhuj.

Nothing prepared me for the inside of a Bhunga hut. I had seen the painstakingly painted outer walls, the beautifully dressed women, and yet the 1st sight of the mud-mirror work or Lippan kaam left me speechless. I had wanted to see this wonder first hand for so long. The shelves were built onto the walls and were decorated with inlayed mirrors. And everything was neatly arranged and displayed. Like a doll house.

The circular thatched roof rose high & had a fan right at the centre, talk of tradition & modernity co-existing

More tradition meets modernity.
I was busy photographing the outsides, while my friends shopped like there was no tomorrow - shooting inside was tough due to bad light conditions. Piled on the right of the photograph are patchworked and mirror worked quilts of mindboggling intricacy.

They had stools, tables and even trays. I bought one of those. Weighed a ton, but looked gorgeous.
The Rabari people are and extraordinarily artistic community. Traditionally nomadic, the family I met had clearly settled down to a more commercial way of life and made their living from selling their exquisitely embroidered ware (clothes, quilts, cushions, bags, you name it) and wooden furniture.

19 comments:

Madhu Gopalan said...

Mindblowing! This is the first time I'm using the word...but this is just...mindblowing!

vineeta said...

Isn't it Madhu? I was just caught off-gaurd. It was so brilliant.
By the way that often the way I feel when i see your Hyderabad posts. You will be the 1st person I contact when I come to Hyderabad.

GB said...

a place for everything and everything in it's place. Lovely!

Sound Horn Please said...

This is SO mind-blowingly gorgeous! Thank you SO much Vineeta for these gorgeous gorgeous Bhuj posts. It chased away my flu blues :)

Arch at Rang said...

Vineeta~ Amazing captures:-) The mirror work is so awesome!

Okay, when we visit Bhuj, I know whom to contact;-)

Arch

Kamini said...

I totally agree, ingenious stuff! So much beauty and design aesthetic in our villages and rural India, we forget sometimes! Here is a similar post I did some time back...just fyi.

http://saffronandsilk.blogspot.com/2010/07/interior-design-in-rural-india.html

Terrific post Vineeta!

mymissingshoe said...

Whoa! Out of this world!!!!
I cant even imagine what it looks like in real!

Patricia Torres said...

Oh gosh! I cant seem to get enough of this.. Are there more pics coming?? Thats simply amazing.. Its magical.. mystical.. I dont know.. Im lost somewhere in those pics.. I so want to be there..

What lovely pics Vineeta.. You totally rock!

small talk said...

wow! really amazing...

Georgianna said...

Truly stunning, Vineeta – I had no idea such a place existed. The craftsmanship is amazing and so is the mix of old and new, as you mention. Thanks for showing me something I would NEVER have seen otherwise! xo – g

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

amazing vineeta,lovely images captured.always wanted to go to bhuj, and now you have inspired me a lot to travel..

Rekha said...

Awesome post, it's always nice to peek in to unusual homes.

shilpa said...

hi vineeta....very nice pics...in which place did u buy the stools ..where r the shops located in bhuj?

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

Amazing pictures, Vineeta! Totally enjoying your India series!

anandhirajan said...

hi vineeta, Lovely photographs of bhuj home.I am a follower of your blog.I would be delighted to have your presence in my blog
anandhi
anandhirajansartsncrafts.blogspot.com

Sans! said...

Thank you Vineeta for sharing these pictures of a bhunga. I am in the process of building one in miniature :):) a sort of Indian tribal house dollhouse and these pictures are invaluable. Sadly my house is not circular but I am still trying to incorporate the lippan kaam in my little kitchen.

Your pictures are great research material for me :):) as I am still figuring out how to build the mirror work cabinets :).

vineeta said...

Sans, Thank you for this comment. I am a great admirer of your doll houses. You are a best judge of how to best acheive the results you need, but I was just thinkig mayebe you can use putty or moulding clay over little triangular mirrors to acheive the Lippam kaam results. Just thinking out loud, you will be the best judge.

Sans! said...

You know what, Vineeta, I am indeed thinking of using putty or clay . :):) I have found some tiny round mirror beads too. So I guess it is just a matter of doing it :).

Sudha said...

super!! really does look like a doll house..and such detail..:)