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Patola, a double ikat (dyeing technique used to pattern textiles) woven saree made of silk, is one of the finest hand-woven saree produced in Gujarat. In this unique tie-dye technique, one can see identical patterns on both the sides of the fabric. There are primarily four patterns of Patolasaree and all are created in Gujarat by the Salvi community.


From small handicrafts to furniture, in Gujarat one can see some of the best specimens of traditional wood work. Woodwork and furniture from Surat, Kutchh and Saurashtra; Minakari furniture from Rajkot and Sankheda furniture are simply the best. In Gujarat, one can find hand-carved exotic wood furniture of every style.


Zari is an even thread traditionally made of fine gold or silver used in traditional Indian, Pakistani and Persian garments and other  materials such as curtains, etc. Zari is woven into fabrics, primarily made of silk, felt or velvet to create intricate patterns. The thread is also used as a raw material for Zardozi embroidery, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful embroidery styles of India.

Hand Block Printing 

Gujarat, the oldest block printing centre in the world, is still the major producer of block prints. Twinkling stars in the clear sky, Egyptian tombs, patterns of abstracts and dense forest with beautiful colour combination are amongst the known block printing patterns.

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