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-
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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