Gujarat is the centre for some of India’s most exquisite handiwork. Kutch is known for its fabulous embroideries done in a variety of techniques developed by different communities including Hindu and Muslim pastoral groups whose women do embroidery for their trousseau or a second income as well as migrants from Sindh. Bandhani tie-and-dye is almost synonymous with Gujarat, which also produces fine handloom woven textiles and block-printed fabrics. Rare crafts that make their last stand in Gujarat include the double ikat Patola weaving of Patan and the Rogan painting on fabric done in Nirona village.
While hand-embellished textiles are a bedrock of the rural economy of Kutch and Surendranagar districts of Gujarat, these regions have equally fine terra cotta, metal and wood crafts.
All forms of arts and crafts in Gujarat reflect the aggressive individuality and religious impulses of an average Gujarati and his religious impulses. This very emotion has motivated the individual to tune stone, brass, bronze, clay wood etc. into life like objects that speak their own language. The various forms of arts and crafts in Gujarat include ::