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Living & Learning Design Centre

Museum / Gallery

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Distance (From Bhuj Railway Station): 15 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours

Place Location: At Ajrakhpur

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 15 km from Bhuj, Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) is a textile museum situated at Ajrakhpur near Bhuj in Kutch district of Gujarat. Situated on Bhuj-Bhachau highway, it is one of the popular tourist places in Bhuj.

Started by Shrujan Trust in 2016, the Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) is a multi-dimensional crafts education and resource center dedicated to preserving and promoting the crafts of Kutch. The main aim of LLDC is to train, educate and support crafts persons to practice their traditional crafts for contemporary markets so that they can earn a dignified and prosperous livelihood. Over three thousand five hundred craftswomen are part of Shrujan's family now.

Situated in a sprawling eight-acre campus, the Living and Learning Design Centre has a Crafts Museum, Crafts School and the residential enclaves. The museum comprises, four galleries including a temporary exhibit area. The main gallery is devoted to the permanent collection of the 'Design Center on Wheels' (DCOW) program run by the NGO Shrujan in Bhujodi. The collection includes 1150 exquisite demonstrative embroidery panels that have been painfully documented over the years. The other galleries house traditional artifacts highlighting the textile arts related to everyday life of the indigenous people of Kutch. There is also a library for visual and textual resources, instructional auditorium space and conference room, classrooms for artisans and public orientation and information kiosks outside the galleries.

The Crafts School is the other significant half of LLDC. Working spaces for every art and craft of Kutch makes it the single largest living and working craft environment in Kutch. The crafts shop and museum shops are run by the artisans in training, to develop skills aimed at marketing their craft in the right manner and learning to preserve what is essential to the survival of the craft. In the residential enclave, one can see places for common dining, recreation and celebration of social events.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM, Closed on Mondays & on Public Holidays

Entry: Rs. 50 for Adults & Rs. 20 for Children