Handloom , hand weaving thread , Bhuj , Kutch , Gujarat , India
D Shah/Dinodia Photo/© D Shah/Dinodia Photo
Legend has it that centuries ago, the locals here had a vision of a tiger approaching the pond where the Pilikula Artisans Village is now located—hence the village’s name (Pilikula means “tiger’s pond”). While you won’t see a tiger at Pilikula Artisans Village, visitors can view live demonstrations of pottery, blacksmithing, weaving on looms, oil extraction and threshing and cleaning of rice using the traditional methods of the Tulu Nadu people. The village is part of a larger eco-tourism center spread across 150 hectares (371 acres) on the outskirts of Mangalore.