Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Mr. A. A. Wazir:
“If you’re interested in antique embroidery, contact Mr. A.A. Wazir, opposite the General Hospital, Bhuj. He has a stunning collection of more than 3,000 pieces, about half of which are for sale.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
Because the collection of antique embroidery is promoted as being in a textile museum, we were a little surprised to be ushered into a large room at the front of what is clearly an upscale home in a residential neighbourhood. We were seated on chairs and observed that the walls of the room were lined with large shelving units, piled high with folded, highly-decorated fabrics.
After a few minutes, Mr. Wazir appeared and began to tell us a little about his life-long mission to collect and preserve a wide variety of textiles from around India. When he was finished, I told him that I had studied textiles at university and had long admired the regional costumes as well as the temple and household textiles I’d seen as we had travelled extensively around India. When given the opportunity to see textiles in museums, I was sure to spend a significant amount of time admiring the weaving techniques and the methods used to decorate the fabrics.
I also noted that we were not in the market to purchase fabrics at this time because we were travelling on to Rajasthan after visiting Gujarat, and then our plan was to spend a couple of weeks in Nepal before flying to Europe for the month of April. I was pleased that he took my words to heart, and showed us only items from his antique collection, items that we not for sale.
Knowing there was no pressure to buy anything, I threw myself into looking closely at the various textiles that his sons brought out to show us. There was an impressive cross-section of beautiful works of art, some more that 150 years old. There was an unusual folding bag that really caught my attention, it’s a good thing it wasn’t for sale because I would have been sorely tempted.
Here’s a short video I found on the internet, click here to view: