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Handicrafts of Rajasthan
Rajasthan Handicraft is richest in India. The land of the Kings, is
a part the colour belt of western India. It is not only
during festivals or ceremonies that Rajasthan looks bright, it is
everyday. By the side of the well, at the village haat, weekly market
place, at fairs and festivals, in the temple, on the streets, at weddings,
rituals and ceremonies, everywhere Rajasthan displays the most brilliant
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Bandhani or Bandhej is the name of the tie and dye technique used
commonly in the region. Coming from the Hindi word bandhan
meaning to tie, this technique has a self explanatory
name. The fabric is tied at various places with the help of a thread,
in a way that it makes some pattern. After the tying is done, the
fabric is dipped in the desired colour. After it is completely dried,
the ties are opened and the amazing designs come to reality. The threads
prevent the tied area from absorbing the colour and hence the desired
pattern is realized.
Carpets and Durries
The hand knotted woolen carpets of Tonk, Bikaner and Jaipur, are generally
based on Persian styles. The traditional cotton durries of Jaipur,
Jodhpur are, mostly in pastel shades with geometrical motifs design.
These can brighten any dullest floor. Woolen Namda of Tonk (non woven)
are equally popular.
Rajasthan is rich in jewelry, each area having it's own unique style.
Some of the traditional design are rakhri, bala, bajuband, gajra,
gokhru, jod, etc. tribal women wear heavy, simply crafted silver jewelry
. Men also wear ornaments in the form of chockers and earrings. During
Mughal Empire, Rajasthan became a major canter for production of fine
kind of jewelry It was a true blend of the Mughal with the Rajasthani
craftsman ship. The Mughals brought sophisticated design and new technical
know-how of the Persians origin with them.
Particularly jooties with embroidered uppers are famous and popular.
Today even designer hand-bags with graphic embroideries make a good
buy. Wood, metal and Stone are used by todays craft persons
to create decorative and utility items that shoppers often find irresistible.
Of the finest quality continue to be executed in Rajasthan
both on paper and on large pieces of cloth. Different regions maintain
their own style, known as different schools of painting. Some well-known
schools of painting are Marwar, Mewar.