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Bibi Russell to showcase Khadi collection in Delhi

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Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell who recently opened a showroom in the state-run emporium – Rajasthali in Jaipur will now showcase Khadi collection at the seventh season of India Runway Week Winter Festive 2016 in Delhi. The event will take place from September 16-18 where Bibi Russell will be showcasing hand-woven fabric with a contemporary touch.

Russell went to London school of Fashion but still draws most of the inspiration from Asian women. She wants everyone to enjoy what they wear and designs in such a way that a teenager and adult can carry off the same clothes according to their style, as told by her to Jaipur Beat the last time she visited Jaipur.

Her collection at Delhi will be under the label Rajasthali by Bibi which will be brimming with colorful and designer clothes reflecting a completely new outlook.

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Rajasthali Emporium- Best Place To Shop In Jaipur

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Rajasthan is a home for arts and artisans. Whenever you travel here, you won’t be able to leave empty handed. The artistic outputs will definitely spellbind you. One such place that brings together everything under one roof for all shopping enthusiasts is Rajasthali which is located on M.I. Road, Jaipur. This is the Rajasthan Government’s sole handicraft emporium which provides a platform to small artisans from various parts of the colorful state to showcase their craftsmanship.

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Handcrafted products such as hand-woven/ vegetable dyed/ hand-block printed fabric, furniture, blue pottery, terracotta pottery, paintings, silver and lac jewellery,  etc. among many other traditional products from various parts of the desert state are put forward for the customers to take benefits of. Some of the iconic styles have even reached the international markets where they are being largely appreciated.

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In fact, recently, a Bangladeshi fashion designer and former international model, B.B. Russell opened her brand outlet of products created and sourced from Rajasthan in the showroom here. Ms. Russell who has been working in Rajasthan with local artisans and craft persons for the past couple of years has displayed the creative apparel and innovative accessories in the 240 square feet outlet of the first floor of Rajasthali.

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The talents are called upon from the interiors of the state and are given a stage to promulgate their artistic attributes. They belong to different regions and carry out various unique techniques belonging to their region. For example: Kotadoriya sarees from Kota, Akola print tasser sarees from Udaipur.

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Anyone coming to Jaipur must buy Rajasthani crafts & textiles from here as this is where they get authentic stuff which is high in quality at really competitive prices. Moreover, you don’t have to wander hither and thither in search of stuff as you will find them all under one roof.

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Hope your quest for shopping gets satisfied here and you take back beautiful handcrafted memories along with you.

Craft Trails in Rajasthan

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Craft Trails in Rajasthan

India’s largest state Rajasthan has an exceptionally rich heritage. The grand monuments are the testimony to that. The ancient art-forms have also been kept alive and thriving here. The state offers everything from little mementos to precious jewellery. We are taking you on a craft-trail through the lanes of Rajasthan today-

1.Blue Pottery

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The fragile Blue Pottery from Jaipur is popular world over. This art form is of Turkish origin and Mughals brought it to India. It has been kept alive in Rajasthan so the state has to take the credit. As the name suggests, the Blue Pottery items come in various shades of blue. You will also see brown and yellow colors in it.
Alwar and Bikaner also have their unique styles of pottery.

 

2.Leather Products

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The leather Jootis belong to all of Rajasthan but the ones from Jaipur and Jodhpur are more prominent. In Rajasthan the Jootis are made mostly with camel leather. The designs have changed as per the fashion trends so you get both traditional and modern styles.
Besides Jootis, bags, pouches, saddles and other leather products are also available in the state.

 

3.Block Printing/Tie and Dye

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There are so many distinct prints from different areas of the state. The classy block-printing is done in Jaipur, Bagru, Barmer and Pali. All the cities have their own unique way of making block prints.Tie and dye is also a very beautiful print seen on Rajasthani fabrics. Dots like print are called ‘chunri’ and leheriya is the print that has long waves printed on fabrics.
Mirror work, gota-patti, appliqué work and heavy embroideries are other popular styles from Rajasthan.

 

4.Terracotta

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The main centre for terracotta is Molela village near Udaipur. Terracotta products are made using the local clay in Molela and other regions. Terracotta plaques depicting ceremonial occasions are popular among art-aficionados. You can find sculptures, decorative items, tiles and even jewellery made of terracotta.

 

5.Woodcraft

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Sculptures, furniture and other wooden items from the state are sure to give a royal touch to any setting. The wood of Acacia plant is used in making these most of the times. There are two reasons for this- Acacia tree is found in plenty in Rajasthan and the finish of products made of this wood is much better and appealing. The intricately carved furniture from Kishangarh and Shekhawati-style of Jodhpur are especially famous.

 

6.Gems

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Rajasthan is one of the main centres for precious and semi-precious stones in India. Garnet, Ruby, Lapis, Emerald, Topaz, Agate, Amethyst and Carnelian are some of the stones that are found mainly in the state. The stones are used to make unmatched jewellery here and are exported too.

 

7.Jewellery

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The state is rich in so many art forms and jewellery is no exception. Thewa jewellery, kundan, Meenakari (enamel work) and silver jewellery from Rajasthan have made the state the hub of jewellery shopping.
Rajasthan is also well-known for its Lac bangles that come in every color you can imagine.

 

8.Stone Art

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Rajasthan is the land of pristine white marbles so it’s no wonder that the marble artwork of the state is quite famous. Perfectly carved marble statues from Jaipur need no introduction. Besides marble other stones are also used to make sculptures and other artifacts.

 

9.Puppets

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When you are in Rajasthan, you will frequently come across street-vendors selling beautiful puppets. These are made with cloth-stuffing. The head is made of wood usually. Faces are made with just paint. This makes these puppets cheap and must buy souvenirs.

 

10.Paintings

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Jaipur, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Kishangarh are the most well-known for paintings. Murals, miniature paintings, portraits are some of the styles popular in the state. The paintings are made using precious stones, conch shells, precious metals, minerals and vegetable dyes. The paintings mostly depict scenes from Indian mythology.

 

11.Crafts of Metals

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Jodhpur, Jaipur and Alwar are the prominent centres for brass and silver work. Decorative pieces like vases and figures of animals &humans are mostly made using these metals.

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Jaipur’s Art & Craft Makes The City Proud Yet Again

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India is a finery of arts and crafts and every state savors in its specialty. Craft over the years have become a catalytic tool for empowerment. Since ages ‪Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur has been nurtured as a centre of artistic excellence, but for the first time Jaipur  has made India’s maiden entry to the Creative City Network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the Crafts and Folk Arts Category. 

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The UNESCO runs a Creative Cities Network with a view to promote creativity and culture industry. Recently, the UNESCO designated Jaipur as one of the members of this Creative Cities Network for its indigenous art and crafts.

 

 

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UNESCO’s creative network aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.

 

 

Welcome to Dastkar Ranthambore

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When the Ranthambore National Park was created, many communities of the Sawai Madhopur area of Rajasthan, who were living on forest produce lost their source of income. They only option they were left with was to look for an alternative source of income. It was then the Ranthambore Foundation approached Dastkar to initiate income generation activities among women of that area. They identified the local craft traditions of that area and laid the foundation stone of an organization known as “Dastkar Ranthambore”. An initiative to create jobs, skills and opportunities around the economy of wildlife was proved booming as around 300 women artisans from the villages around the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve presently work here and generate their livelihood.

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The organization produces a range of fashion accessories, such as scarves, kurtas, pouches, bags and home furnishings like bed-sheets, table linen, cushions, quilts etc using the skills of block printing, hand embroidery and patch work, which are highly appreciated in the international and domestic markets. Distinctive tiger motifs and images of animals, birds and trees on products reflect the concern of local communities for the nature and its endangered tiger specie.

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When you visit Ranthambore next time, don’t forget to explore the Dastkar Ranthambore and take home back beautiful souvenirs from there.

Contact Details:

Dastkar Ranthambhore

Dastkari Kendra
Post – Sherpur-Khilchipur
Sawai Madhopur-322001 Rajasthan (India)
Tel: +91 7462 252051

Lehariya: The vibrant colors with love from Rajasthan

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With the arrival of monsoon, the barren land of Rajasthan gets flourished with green bed of flora, numerous festivals, celebrations and one more wave of color i.e Leharia, which is worn by every second person in this season of spring. Lehariya (zigzag pattern of irregular color stripes)  is a traditional style of tie dye practiced in Rajasthan that results in brightly colored cloth with distinctive patterns for a vibrant look. The technique gets its name from the Rajasthani word for wave because the dyeing technique is often used to produce complex wave patterns.

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When the skilled hands of traditional Lehariya craftsmen get to work, they are able to give us an elegant combination of striped patterns that can be used as an apparel or accessory. Lehariya artwork results in diagonal patterns, which present an aesthetic look to the garment. Lehariya looks truly regal when it is done on an elegant white background.

Lehariya has become extremely popular as part of high-end Asian fashion because of its intricate work, touch of tradition, and glamour appeal. The longer this process takes, the more stunning your outfit is! You can couple it with some junk jewelry and you are set to look nothing short of gorgeous!

Merchants in various lehariya-producing centers of Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Udaipur also create turbans in interesting colors and patterns.

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The famous Lehariya of Rajasthan is a visual invocation of the flow of water at the same time painstakingly showing the depths of indigo after multiple mud-resistant and dyeing processes. No small wonder that the blues in Lehariya attract the eyes instinctively.

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So, what keeps you at bay? Just go ahead and shop for some colorful and vibrant Lehariya for yourself or your loved ones back home.

Lehariya is available at most of the saree and traditional wear stores across Rajasthan. For online shopping you can also look into http://www.aapnostore.com

Dabu Print from the remotes of Rajasthan

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To add a touch of old world Rajasthani charm to your shopping desires, Rajasthan Tourism Buzz brings to you the ancient process of Dabu printing in a small and a very old textile and print pioneer village called “Akola”,  located sixty kms from Chitthorgarh.

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The process begins with the mixing of a special type of clay paste called “dhabu”.  A design is then sketched onto the background cloth and this design is covered with the special clay with the help of wooden blocks, after which saw dust is sprinkled. The saw dust sticks to the cloth as the clay dries. The cloth is then ready to be dyed in the chosen colors. The designs covered by the dhabu remain colorless and once the dyeing process is complete, the cloth is dried then washed to remove the clay mixture. This cloth can now be dyed in a lighter color to give the patterns some color as well.

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It is such a lengthy and labor-intensive process, but the end result is more than worth it! What you get is a piece of Indian heritage which can’t be replicated by machine and a beautiful garment to wear as well! The finished material forms the heart and soul of our clothing collection, visible in thoughtful detailing and showcased in bold colors against stark backgrounds.

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Hopefully our post on the Rajasthani textile has whetted your appetite because we’ll be talking about more such incredible treasures of Rajasthan in the posts to come!