I grew up in the Gujarati community of traders.\nA community in which the critical success factor is \u2018data mining\u2019 within the community. Fathers, father\u2019s brothers, mother\u2019s brothers, neighbourhood elders, father-in-laws, brothers-in-law and all other male relatives are involved in training a young man in his trade and in business management skills.\nThe transmission of knowledge is not outsourced to third-party institutions such as universities and schools. It is conducted within the community. There is no formal structure that may be separated from the transmitters of the knowledge \u2013 no books, no online learning, no DVDs! The lesson cannot be separated from the teacher \u2013 making the depth of study as vast as the student want it to be. The training is one-on-one and each student trains with a specialist, unlike in the case of universities where specialists are scarce and students must necessarily share a Guru with a 100 other students. Individualised customised education programs. Lasting up to 3 \u2013 4 years. The training is conducted with focus,\u00a0 rigor and with thoroughness. Because the examination that the student must pass at the end of the course, is the exam of conducting business in real life \u2013 not just a paper test of knowledge. And since his whole life depends on his training, it is conducted until he learns under the TINA principle \u2018There Is No Alternative\u2019.\nThis entire learning-teaching system rests on the single key characteristic of the community : bonding. Every one helps everyone. If one man from the village is successful in the city, within a few years the whole village is seen to have migrated \u2026. as a \u2018lets help him\u2019 chain is created.\nThis key feature of \u2018community bonds\u2019 is not carried out by men alone. In fact while with men the mechanism is evident very clearly, it is the women who are in charge of creating this bonding. In other communities in India that I have been closely associated with\u00a0 there is a \u2018crab-pull-down-the-next-crab-down\u2019 is seen in several places. In the Gujarati community, there is a deep sharing of lives among the women as they spend the months of summer with their children in their brother\u2019s father\u2019s home. And with this chain it is easy to see that every woman spends time both as a guest and as a hostess during the summer. In the course of the month-long stays every year, closeness develops.\nAnd they share not only the elaborate dhokla-dhokli recipes that Gujarat is famous for, but also the\u00a0 newly learned textile art skills. These are practiced only to create art works for self consumption. There are several forms of folk textile arts in Gujarat.\nA few have been shown below :\nAjrakh Hand Block Printing\n\nSimple Embroidery Bharatkaam\n\nembroidery\n\n\n\nFine Applique work\n\napplique work\n\nMirrorwork\n\nmirrorwork\n\nTie -Dye Ikat\nThe most magnificent and most difficult textile art of all \u2013 Double Ikat\n\nPatan Patola double Ikat silk\n\nPrecision Kalamkari \u2013 Mata ni Pachedi\n\nHand painted Mata ni Pachedi\n\nThere must be more that I have not listed \u2026\u2026\u2026.. but for one state this wide spectrum is quite a feat!\nAm sure the wonderful food being cooked there \u2013 the muthia-thepla-khandvi platters\u00a0 \u2013 kept everyone so spiritually gratified that it was easy to soar to great heights of creativity in their art!\nTextiles have imprinted themselves on every aspect of my life \u2013 my adult passion and my childhood!\nSo now, when I go hunting for textiles and find beaded pieces from Gujarat amidst a collection of other gorgeous textiles, I feel a sense of bonding with the pieces \u2013 a sense of having touched my roots again.\nRoots that I have taken for granted and never paid much attention to. And now through textiles, I am seeing the state and my ancestors in a light of reverence for the first time!\n\nJai Gujarat!\njm\nJuly 2013\n\u00a0\nThe post Textile Art of Gujarat appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.