One of the biggest craft and handicraft fair of Rajasthan- Shilpgram Fair is held annually in the city of Udaipur. The festival is organized every year to promote art and craft of Rajasthan. Since, Rajasthan has always been lauded for its handicrafts and artwork; this fair is a perfect destination to explore a colorful world of the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The hand woven clothes and camel leather items grab the major attention of visitors in this fair.
Started from December 21 till December 30, 2014, the festival is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states. While you would shop and explore handicrafts, various musicians and dancers will entertain you with their respective arts. Shilpgram Crafts Mela of Rajasthan is majorly a sincere effort to give recognition to the local arts of remote villages of Rajasthan. Your visit to this fair of Rajasthan would definitely allure you towards the ethnic rural arts and crafts of Rajasthan.
An attraction, no less of the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex of Rajasthan, is the open air Amphitheatre with a seating capacity of approximately 8000. Besides the major theatre festivals which the Centre holds here, it is hoped that this facility would motivate the local community as well as outside visitors to take a keener interest in theatre and the traditional folk performing arts.
Do visit the fair if you are in or around Udaipur or planning a visit soon!
An exhibition on Rajasthan Culture is being organized in Delhi on November 21 and 22 at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in Delhi. It will feature four key areas that the state is famous for—arts and crafts, travel and tourism, gems and jewellery, and garments and textile.
Being organized by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust and spearheaded by Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur, it will showcase handpicked textile items, garments and fashion featuring the age-old techniques of leheriya, gota patti and tie-and-dye, complemented by the traditional kundan-polki jewellery and contemporary accessories.
The exhibition, which was inaugurated by Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje today morning, will also display selected handicrafts, objects d’art, hand-tufted carpets, blue pottery, paintings and lacquer products.
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.
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.
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.
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!