Gujarat is said to be the centre of bead work. The place is also known as Moti Bharat because of the famous beads’ jewellery. Gujarat’s traditional appliqué work dress and bead work made the state an ace travel destination for all the travellers. Saurashtra region, where bead work started originally, has become one of the best travel spots in Gujarat. Not only the jewelleries but also there are pen holders, decorations wall hangings and lot more other things which have such bead work all over.
History of bead work
Bead was used to be produced by using clay, lime, soda and silica. In ancient times, beadwork was first discovered by the Mesopotamian people. Then slowly it spread over Egypt, America, and Asian countries including India. In Gujarat, bead work was started from Saurashtra region. However Khambat, the 1 hour drive from Ahmadabad has now become the centre of the bead work products.
Working with beads
By using bread needle or sewing needle makers attach two or more beads together and craft them on specific texture. Because Ahmadabad is one of the leading travel destinations in India and beadwork is one of the famous heritage art here, inhabitants have become more conscious about its look and style. The inhabitants from Panchmahal use different colours and textures to make it bright and gorgeous. Be it a home decor or apparel, using variety of colours helps them to maintain the ethnic style of Gujarat. They use different shapes, colours, designs, materials and sizes of beads while crafting different products. Beadwork is easy to attempt. Beginners take an hour or two to finish a simple craft. But there are some works which take more than a week to finish.
Popularity of beadwork in Gujarat
As said Gujarat is the centre of beadwork in India, the place offers diverse collection of bead work products. Jewelleries are the main in here. Broader collars, neckpieces, earring, bracelets, anklets and lot more ethnic ornaments made of beads are available across the state. Also the home decors, pot holdings, 3D beading products, bags, shoes and many more products are immensely popular in Gujarat these days.
Places of interest in Gujarat for beadwork
Kutch, Rajkot, Ahmadabad, Saurashtra region are the ace places in Gujarat where authentic handmade beadwork products are available. Panchmahal, Khambat in Ahmadabad, Amreli, Junagarh, and Bhavnagar in Saurashtra regions are such places where inhabitants offer breathtaking 3D beadworks.