The different tribal
groups that now live in Kutch have migrated there from countries as
diverse as present day Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Turkey, Iran,
and other areas in the Middle East and Central Asia. There is even
some evidence to show that the Jat community may have originated in
Greece or Germany.
The textiles of each of these groups evolved through necessity as
portable vessels, furnishings, and items of clothing. Each community
and tribal group has it's own lexicon of motifs and embroidery
stitches. Other craft techniques, such as batik and beading, have
been imported into Kutch through sea trade with other countries.