Traditional Rogan Art

Traditional Rogan Art, Bhuj: Address, Phone Number, Traditional Rogan Art Reviews: 4.5/5

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Nirona Village Nirona, Bhuj 370001 India

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Baarish
Mumbai, India512 contributions
Feb 2020
Nirona Village is about 40 minutes from tent city , you will need a private vehicle or conducted tour.
Rogan is a gel form of castor oil,mixed with natural pigment .
One extended family has kept this art form alive.
Written 25 March 2020
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jyoB
bangalore183 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Unbelievably complex, painstakingly painted, and stunningly beautiful paintings. The artisans were talented, patient, and proud of their amazing work. To boil castor oil till it is glutinous, dye it, and using what looks like a crochet hook - lift & pull threads of this coloured glutinous substance into amazing designs, is only a labour of love. One could not resist buying a piece of this work - however small - in sheer admiration of the talent involved. Amazing & beautiful
Written 25 February 2019
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marc b
Paris, France53 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
I went there in a packaged tour. We were shown a selection of hand made paintings mostly tree of life. This is exceptionally beautiful with great colors. Modi offered one to Obama, I decided to buy two pieces for my brother and friend. Prices are ok given the world are very beautiful. They don’t accept credit cards so you have to have cash
Written 2 December 2018
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sanjaybhuj
Bhuj, India81 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
rogan art is traditional art form of kutch. it is almost 300 years old art form now almost forgotten from world and now only 2 families is doing this art. the use of vibrant natural colors and hand painted artwork on the piece of clothes. visitors and students from the various parts from all our world visit this small village specially to learn rogan work through out the year specially during november to fabruary.family of sri gafurbhai is awarded by national award for this traditional rogan art.
Written 13 June 2018
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aniltiwade
Navi Mumbai, India235 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Khudos to these people .. who has kept this fast diminishing art alive.
the use of vibrant colour in vary basic shapes, catches your eye instantly.
seeing them paint is another experience.

please visit if you are in kutch
Written 10 March 2018
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Kamal Das
Surat, India100 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
"Rogan"is Persian word and the Rogan painting is about 300 years old form of art originated in Persia & Pakistan.
Today nine members of Khatri family led by Abdul Gafoor in Nirona village of Kutch district in Gujarat have not only revived the forgotten art but also trained about 100 girls in the village in Rogan painting.
The details of the art has been very nicely explained by a number of reviewers in the Trip Advisors. Gafoor bhai has been honoured with National award and seven state awards. His paintings are often gifted to visiting dignitaries including former President of USA Mr. Barak Obama.
Visit to Nirona village, which is typical dusty small village, can be clubbed with the white Rann festival as it is about 45 minute drive from Dhordo, where the festival is held.
There is another house at the beginning of the narrow lane leading to Gafoor bhai's house, which also has display of Rogan Paintings which must b
have come up later.

The village is also famous for brass bells used to tie around the neck of the cattle. The uniqueness of it is that the bells can be differently tuned, which helps in distinguishing one herd from another. Sometimes the bell around the lead Cattle neck has a unique sound which helps the other cattle in the group to follow it.
Written 15 February 2018
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ForeverRover
New Delhi, India328 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Got to know about this art form in village Nirona where only 2 families have taken this forward till today from past 300 years. The paintings are made on a piece of cloth with color made of hot castor oil and natural colors. This mixture gives a gel form which is then used as color. The artists do not make any impression on cloth but draw it directly. If you want to buy, the range starts from RS 1900 for a smaller size. I bought one from Sun rogan art, whose one of the works was gifted by our prime minister to James Bevan.
Written 3 February 2018
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MikeGambino
Europe303 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
More than rare, it is an unique example of coloring technique that is nowadays continued by just one family.
Still respecting traditions, they are innovating their designs.
Award winning laboratory, whose masterpieces are often used as gift also from the prime minister!
Written 30 August 2017
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aditya_ravikumar
Mumbai, India285 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Nirona village is approx 40 km from Bhuj. It is here where the centuries old Rogan art form has originated. As of date, there are just 2 families who practice this art of painting on cloth. The paint is from a mix of castor oil and natural colours. It gained prominence from PM Narendra Modi gifted a rogan art piece to Former US president Barack Obama on his visit to India.
The paintings can be bought to be used as wall hangings at homes / clothes. It is a timeless piece of art and the intricate nature is astounding.
The family also shows a live demonstration of how the art is done ( painting)

In this village, also copper work especially as bells, with various tunes is sold. Again, there is just one family which sells this. They provide a 10-15 min demo on how the copper is beat and the bell / piece of art is formed.
They sell bells which provide different tunes ( eg. DO,re,mi,fa,so,la,ti,do) etc.

There is another shop which sells lacquer work .

minimum 2 hours would be needed , aside to commuting up and down from Bhuj.
Written 16 February 2017
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Alice M
India201 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Rogan art of painting is more than 300 years old. It is a rare art form which is not known even in India.This art of painting is now practiced only by one family in Nirona village of Kutch in India. The painting is done using rogan (oil based paint) which is created by heating castor oil for 12 hours and then dropping into cold water. Natural colours are mixed with the thick residue that is formed and used to make free hand designs on cloth.The family gives live demonstrations on how the painting is done. They will also share stories of how the family has struggled to keep this art alive. It is amazing to watch then use a needle to draw out the thick liquid and paint on the cloth sitting on the floor. If they make a mistake it cannot be corrected and the piece has to be discarded so they have to do it with utmost concentration. They also have painting that are ready for sale. If you are planning a trip to Kutch make it a point to visit this village which just about 35 kms from Bhuj. Apart from Rogan Art painting, this village also has families that are engaged in traditional wood work, tuning copper bells and embroidery. All of them are working to keep their traditional art alive.They also give you demonstration of their art. So if you want really see these art forms don't be in a hurry and keep at least 2-3 hours for visiting this village.
Written 15 March 2015
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