Friday, 29 December 2017

VECHAAR- Utensils Museum in Ahmedabad

Considered as one of the unique museums in India, VECHAAR (Vishalla Environmental Center for Heritage, Art, Architecture and Research) is located inside the famous Vishalla restaurant in Ahmedabad, Gujrat. It was started by Mr. Surendra Patel in 1981. It houses more than 3000 antique utensils some of them dating back to 1000 years old.

Our first visit to the museum was a disappointment as we chose to visit on a Monday, a day when the museum is closed! But we did revisit it after two days and I am glad that we did. Though not very appealing from outside (almost unattractive/ invisible from the main road), this place bears a village-like appearance upon entering. We had directly entered the Utensils museum without stopping at the Vishalla restaurant as we had already developed an aversion towards thalis after binging on it for several days at a stretch.

The corridor and pavements at the entrance of the museum are lined up with earthen clay pots. The wooden plank (made from a single tree trunk for sure) used as a resting place in front of the main door is sure catch everyone's attention.


The entrance of the Museum...

























Utensils on display at the entrance...

























Clay utensils displayed on the courtyard...

























Door locks...

























The varied range of utensils made of brass, copper, bronze and German silver are all arranged according to the purpose they serve in day- to-day activities- water storage, items used during worship, travel utensils, cooking and so on. 

Water storage containers...

















































Pooja Items...

























Pestles and other kitchen accessories...

























Kitchenware...





























































Dowry Boxes...

























The glass cases filled with nut- crackers is another unique feature of the museum. One can find exquisite and artistic nut-crackers in this section made of brass, iron and copper. 



























The building with its' quadrangular shape provides easy access to all the sections of the museum. The clay plastering of the exteriors of the building blends with the collection of these antique utensils. 
























































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