Zikdi, 24th of September, 2014 Usmaan bhai looks like a man carrying the weight of his family. He is troubled about the future. There isn’t enough work and the family is growing. He is perhaps the only potter in Kutch who is still a part of the barter system. None of us were sure (not even him) on why he is still a part of this...

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Snapshots from Kutch (Kachchh) Public transport in Kutch : The "Chakda"                                 Our transport in Kutch               Driving through the Great Rann crushing thick deposits of salt oozing out of the dessert soil. Chai & my fabulous travel partner!                                                 Our host Jamal bhai at Dholavira, the 5000-yr old excavated site of the Indus valley civilisation. A big thank you to Jamal bhai and his wife for some of the tastiest food we...

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The Potters &  the Pottery   A potter in Khavda, North Kutch at work. While the men do all the throwing in terracotta, the women handle all the surface decoration which in this northern Kutch village of Ludia is primarily in the form of painting. Oxides and china clay are used for the two predominant colours of white and a brownish black.                                               Wares are then wood-fired in a...

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