Beadwork, the craft of attaching beads to each other is the forte of communities like the Kathis who live in villages near Sayla.
Ikat Weaving at Sayla and Somasar
These are important centres for single-ikat weaving. Entire families work together on the resist dyeing process of the warp or weft fibres, which are then drawn on hand-operated looms for weaving. The fabrics are less expensive versions of the double ikat Patolas of Patan. Bell Guest House can arrange a demonstration and a visit to the home/workshop of a weaver family.
Tangaliya Weaving at Vasatari
Tangaliya is a kind of rare weave that involves adding knots using additional weft threads during the process of weaving. Bell Guest House can arrange a visit to Vasatari, which is an important centre for Tangaliya.
Handloom and Khadi clusters
Khadi refers to fabrics made from handspun thread and woven on a handloom. Mahatma Gandhi promoted khadi as a way of creating livelihood specially for home based rural women workers. There are handloom/khadi centres at Sayla, Wadhwan, Surendranagar, Muli, Ranpur (woollen) and Arnej that can be visited on day trips with Bell Guest House as the base. Surendranagar district, in which Sayla falls, is one of the major handloom clusters of western India.
Terracotta at Botad
Botad, approximately 50km from Sayla, is an important centre for pottery. The Botad potters today make many innovative products like decorative items and even ornaments.
Handicrafts at Wadhwan
Wadhwan, 37km from Sayla, is an important centre for a bandhani, brass handicrafts, etc