ARTS & CRAFTS
Location : Rural Hubs, Main Markets of Rajasthan.
World Famous For : Blue Pottery, Tie-and-dye Fabrics, Block Printed Textiles.
Antique Items : Marble Pots and Elephants, Ceramic Tiles.
Other Charms : Jewellery Precious and Semi Precious Stones, Quilts, Metalware.
Pottery work In Rajasthan
|Famous Arts and Crafts :
|Blue Pottery, Marble Sculptures, Puppets, Tattoos, Leather items - Camel Leather Shoes, Terracotta, wood items, Dhuries Carpets and Salwars, Metal Wares, Tiles.
|Famous Handicrafts :
|Lac Bangles, Block Prints, Tie and Dye Fabrics, Embroidered Shoes, Mirror Work on Clothes and Sheets, Miniature Painting, Kundan, Meenakari.
|Items as Mementos and Gifts :
|Block Prints, Blue Pottery, Precious Stones, Embroidered Bags, Shoes, Scurfs.
|Traditional Handicrafts Hubs :
|Shilpgram Udaipur(3 km) Unique Handicrafts, Weaving, Embroidery, Mirror Work, Shekhawati Jaipur(185 km) Paintings, Murals, Wood Crafts, Sanganer Jaipur(40 km) Block Printing, Paper Making, Jaipur Blue Pottery.
|Must Experience :
|Watch the framing of Textile Block Printing, Paper-Making and Blue Pottery in Sanganer.
|Where To Shop :
|Bapu and Nehru
Bazaar, Jaipur - Textiles, Embroidered Jooties, Fabrics and Leather
Tripolia Bazaar - Rajasthani Furniture, Hand-Block Prints, Embroidered Fabrics, Mirror Work and Carpet.
Lined Shops near Amar Sagar Gate, Jaisalmer Rajasthani Handicrafts Emporium, Wooden Ornaments.
Hathipol in City Palace, Udaipur - Rajasthani's Jootis, Saris, Wooden and Camel Souvenirs.
Patwon Ki Haveli - Silver Jewelries, Rugs, Leather Items, Hand Woven Blankets.
Kapra Bazaar and National Handlooms, Jodhpur Saris, Block Printed Textiles, Rajasthani Mojaris and Jootis.
|Shopping in Jaipur :
|Nandanam Apartments - Handicrafts and Arts, Tripola Bazaar Metalware, Chaura Raasta, Urmul Outlets, Shops Opposite Hawa Mahal - Quilts, Rajasthali Handmade paper.
The exotic spectrum of Rajasthan's handicraft heritage is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors and textures. The depth, range and inspirational intricacy of this heritage stems from its socio-economic ethos, with whole village pursuing certain crafts, which are intrinsic to their survival or daily needs. Royal patronage gave it a vital impetus to carry the journey for centuries. Although Rajasthan is full of visual spectacles, perhaps the most lasting impression that visitors take away with them after traveling through this state is that of color. Despite the perpetual desolation of the sandscape enveloping the courtyards of Rajasthan, color reaches newer heights of luminosity and vividness at every pocket of the state. Canary yellows, emarald greens, vivid purples, electric blues and splashes of brilliant reds seem to be reinventions of traditional colors.
Rajasthan is famous for its vibrantly colored textiles
which adorn the sophisticated boutiques and prismatic art and craft bazaars across the
state. The basic cloth receives one or several of various treatments to
achieve its rich blaze of color, including dyeing, block printing and
multiple forms of embroidery and applique. Visit Jodhpur to encounter the
most intricate and interesting result of garment designing, the bandhani
or tie and dye style of coloring. Basically parts of the fabric are
knotted with minikin pebbles or grams, so that when the fabric is dyed,
the knotted section retain their original color. Buy yourself a bright
colored odhni (headscarf) featuring a lotus motif against a white or pink
background. Remember, a yellow background indicates that the wearer has
recently given birth to a bambino. Shift the gears of your car to reach
Sanganer, near Jaipur, famous for its block printed fabric. Other handicraft items include the Sanganeri
prints, generally featuring floral motifs, are exported round the world
and is truly a collector's delight. Everyday, thousands of meters of
fabric can be seen drying in long swathes on the banks of Saraswati river.
Do you know that Sanganer entertains true hand-craftsmanship; garments are
printed with wooden blocks known as buntis or chhapas, on which incisions
form the elemental design, by one's own hand. The fruits of endeavor can
be found in the form of colorful zig-zag motifs, featuring geometric
designs in blue and red on both sides, known as ajrakh and is generally
worn by men as shawls and turbans. Travel to Rajasthan to get one ajrakh
for your loved ones, won't you?
After the cloth has been printed or tie-dyed, another layer of charm is added by embroidering or applying works of applique to the garment. Tour to any museum and you will get a hint about the superlative quality of embroidery work of Rajasthan, evident in the collections of richly brocaded royal vestments. And if you want to cherish the grand array of applique work, travel to the famous Pushkar Camel Fair, where ornately bedecked camels are a wonderfully common sight. The list is long. You can embellish the cloth as you like. Finely stitched tapestries bear motifs of animals and birds, chainstitched against a bold background or are garnished with tiny mirrors along the borders.
Apart from a wide range of textile designing, Rajasthani
craftsmen are dexterous even with other channels of art; jewellery,
paintings, pottery, ivory craft, and leatherwork. The history of painting
in Rajasthan can be traced to the pre-historic period, as evidenced by the
discovery of paintings in rock shelters in the Chambal valley. The
popularity of Mughal miniature painting was translated in the mushrooming
of styles distinctive to various regions of the state creating the
Kota-Bundi kalam, the Marwar school and the Bikaner school of painting.
Take a trip to Bundi to witness a curious array of miniature paintings of
the late 18th century. A marvellous creation with half the surface left
white, and just a few figures painted against this in pale colors;
silhouette of artistry in the custard of paper. Remember, the Rajasthani
painters used colors extracted from minerals, ochres and vegetables. The
vibrant colors still evident today in miniatures and frescoes, seen in
some royal palaces, were derived from crushed semi-precious stones, while
the gold and silver coloring is in fact finely pounded pure gold and
Various arts and crafts of Rajasthan include the famous Rajasthan pottery tradition, that has translated into its various hues of blue pottery, a placard of the pink city Jaipur, and is made from crushed quartz, embellished with painted motifs in geometrics and nature's bounty in bright yellows, oranges and green. Given the paucity of wood in most parts of Rajasthan, it is not surprising that stone sculpture is more prevalent than wood carving. To twist the knife in the wound, Rajasthan is adorned by arid climate and white ants! Drive to Bikaner, an important centre for wood carving, to feel the talent of the woodcarvers in ornately carved doors and lintels, and particularly in latticed screen windows. You can also pick up Bikaner's famous gesso work (treated camel leather), incarnated in a wide range of boxes, lampshades and containers.
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