While you are in the Amber Fort area, take time to stop at this little gem, a largely undiscovered (and undermarketed) venture by the highly successful boutique chain of the same name. You may be told the museum doesn't exist, but persist by asking for Biharji Temple and looking for a (fabulously restored) pink haveli nearby. Anokhi began as an arts-and-crafts movement 30 years ago, and in this beautifully designed museum you can admire the textile traditions the movement has helped preserve. Each room is dedicated to a different style of fabric printing, displayed in glass cases along with artisans' implements. Curator Emma Ronald is very hands-on (an approach that is drastically lacking throughout much of India) and goes to great lengths to bring innovative and interesting exhibitions to the museum; in winter, the top-floor gallery usually hosts loan exhibitions from around the world. Best of all, for those interested in a more hands-on understanding of block-printing, there's a full-time artisan who demonstrates the craft, as well as a woodcarver who makes printing blocks (Thurs-Sat only). End your visit at the pleasant cafe (great for organic coffee and biscuits), and then arm yourself with a credit card at the exquisite museum shop, which has a great range of goods, from books to homewares.
- © Frommer's 2013
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