Rajsthan's Handicrafts

Rajasthan has artistic and cultural traditions which reflect the ancient Indian way of life. There is a rich and varied folk culture from villages which is often depicted symbolic of the state.

 

TEXTILES

Rajasthan, perhaps, prides itself on the widest range of handcrafted textiles, each one unique in terms of the process, including the natural dyes used, patterns and the colour combinations. While the tie and dye is the signature style of Rajasthan, other printing techniques such as Bagru, Sanganer and Barmeri are equally unique and popular. Similarly, while the feather weight Kota Doria sarees are ideal for summers, the Akola print tasser sarees make for graceful winter wear. The products too range from sarees to running material for suits and furnishings, bed and table linen to a variety of cushion covers, the famed Jaipuri rajais to lovely dohars, besides floor and wall decorations in embroidered and mirror work in a riot of colours and designs.

 

BLUE POTTERY

Widely recognized as a traditional craft of Jaipur, though it is Turko-Persian in origin, the name 'blue pottery' comes from the eye-catching blue dye used to color the pottery. Jaipur blue pottery, made out of Egyptian paste, is glazed and low-fired without using clay - the 'dough' for the pottery is prepared by mixing quartz stone powder, powdered glass, multani mitti (Fuller's Earth), borax, soda bicarbonate gum and water. The range of items is primarily decorative, such as ashtrays, vases, coasters, small bowls, boxes for trinkets, but the jewellery made from the blue pottery beads is becoming equally popular too. The colour palette largely blue derived from the cobalt oxide, green from the copper oxide and white, now includes other non-conventional colours, such as yellow and brown, making it more colourful.

 

WOODEN CRAFTS

Wooden articles of Rajasthan range from the ornately carved to the absolutely simple. One can find toys, furniture, decorative articles as well day to day utility items bearing the art and individuality of the different regions of Rajasthan. Thus, the State has the distinction of a range from intricately carved Barmeri style to the exquisite metal beaten (patra) style from Udaipur, the typically traditional Shekhawati furniture and the most colourful painted or embossed Kishangarh furniture, not to forget the rich heritage of the Jodhpuri style of a wide range of wooden crafts. While the furniture items include screens, doors, traditional caskets, low tables and chairs, sofa sets, beds, dressing tables, cabinets, etc., the other wood-crafted items in the typically Rajasthani style range includes jharokhas,, photo frames, key holders, small boxes to big trunks, decorative itmes like a set of musicians, camels, elephants, birds, kawads, and several others.