Rajasthan - Shopping
A magical sojourn
reverberating with age old culture and traditions, the state enfolds in
its lap a diverse kaleidoscope of breathtakingly beautiful and
fascinating art-de-facts. The range is unparalleled even while it is
sophisticated in its simplicity.
something for almost every kind of
traveler, revealing a vast range of arts and crafts, which is a treat
for the visuals and are ready to be picked. The Bazaars spill with
products and there is a magnificent glow of colours all over. Intricate
work carved on handicrafts or the wonders of gems and stones, it has it
all and even more like the colours dancing on the textiles and fabrics
with silver or gold threads settings and complimented with the variety
of Silk-threads, Beads, Gota, Zari, Zardosi, Banarasi, etc. designed by
the age old families of skilled artisans.
use of clay in the form of sculpture and decorative arts, the paintings
from different schools like Miniature, Mughal and the different
Rajasthani shailis (school of art) and more are piled up, revealing the
medieval splashes and recording historic and dramatic events. Almost
capturing the senses!
The age old art of dyes and colours hold the centre of attraction
sojourn reverberating with age old culture and traditions, the state
enfolds in its lap a diverse kaleidoscope of breathtakingly beautiful
and fascinating art-de-facts. The range is unparalleled even while it is
sophisticated in its simplicity.
It has something for almost every kind of traveler, revealing a vast
range of arts and crafts, which is a treat for the visuals and are
ready to be picked. The Bazaars spill with products and there is a
magnificent glow of colours all over. Intricate work carved on
handicrafts or the wonders of gems and stones, it has it all and even
more like the colours dancing on the textiles and fabrics with silver or
gold threads settings and complimented with the variety of Silk-threads,
Beads, Gota, Zari, Zardosi, Banarasi, etc. designed by the age old
families of skilled artisans.
is the most visible and widely prevalent type of painting, colourful
pictures painted in glowing mineral and vegetable colours on hand-made
papers. The miniature painter did not lack patronage. Seven styles in
different kingdoms developed rapidly (the technique was similar to wall
paintings, cloth and manuscripts illustrations) used initially
manuscripts for text illustrations, they gradually evolved as portfolios
of the life and times of their Royal patrons. The miniature tradition
goes back at least to the 11th century. Later the Mughal influence
though their style was of Mughal court style, yet the painters by the
17th century settled for traditional idioms and regional elements. And
the modern miniature painting speaks of those age-old traditions of
tradition of scroll painting survives in Rajasthan as Phad. A typical
Phad is a long rectangular coarse cloth with paintings illustrating the
life and heroic exploits of the two popular folks heroes Pabuji and Dev
Narain. It displays much of the tradition in narrative form. Painted by
the Joshis of Shahpura, near Bhilwara based on subjects like Bhagavad
purana or other popular folk stories.
Pichwais are refined works of art, created to be used as backdrops in
the Srinathji at Nathdwara. They contain the figure of Srinathji
(attired with a variety of costumes) and scenes of Nathdwara festival.
These could be painted, printed with hand blocks, woven, embroidered or
decorated in appliqué form.
done for some specific occasions like marriage, birth ceremony and other
festivals. This tradition is found in villages and rural areas practised
by various tribes. They are very original, fresh and done with raw-hand.
marble, pink Dholpur, green Kota, white and grey soapstone everything is
used to make elegant statuary, idols, figurines, carved panels, even
elaborate jharokhas for gardens and pavilions. One of Rajasthan's most
enduring arts that is evident in its prevalence in homes all over the
state, stone carving is both an artistic as well as an industrial
Textile of Rajasthan has a fascinating range of dyed and block printing
fabrics. Each state has its own special colour-scheme design and
technique. The various types of Textile are:-
Hand-block prints- the quilts of Sanganer, Bagru are the
Tie and dye- Bandhej, Bandani, Lehriya, Batik, Mothra, Ekdali,
Shikari, Cheent comes under this category.
Bandhej- Bandhej of Jodhpur, Sikar, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Pali,
Udaipur, Jaipur is more popular.
The lehriya is an entire line of cloth is dyed in different colours.
Udaipur's lehriya work is well known.
Lehar, Phagun are the designs to be worn in the spring season.
Textile and fabric colouring and dying can be
seen at length in the communities of Leelgarhs and Rangrez. The Chunari
and Bandhej ( the art of tying a small point on the cloth by threads and
later dyed with the required colours . After drying when opened, there
is a small circle in the white splashed around the fabric)is known as
tie and dye. Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner are famous for this. In addition,
the art of embellished fabrics with embroidery using thread-work, mirror
work or gold brocade is prevalent.
Block Printing in vegetable dyes is another famous art. Carved wooden
blocks soaked in different colours and pasted on the fabric. Main Market
of these products are Jaipur, Sanganer and Bagru.
Zari - Gota, zardosi, banarsi for formal and bridal ensembles,
metallic and threaded embroidery.
Some of the
finest metal work in Rajasthan uses enamelled silver that is used for
everything from pill-boxes to figurines. Brass enamel is less expensive,
and more prevalent from table-tops to dancing peacocks, caparisoned
elephants, dancing camels, swords and shields .In recent years, wrought
iron has become popular, though this is more contemporary in its usage,
art form, from Persia under the patronage of Maharaja Ram singhji was
first introduced in Rajasthan. A new art form with a fascinating recipe
of distinctive material like the ground quartz stone. The colour schemes
are also peculiar like, blue (oxide of cobalt), Green (oxide of copper)
and the external white.
Some of the pottery is semi- translucent and lately is been experimented
with other colours such as , yellow, dark blue and brown. The
conventional floral or arabesque, hand made patterns and the animal
figure patterns are the prominent designs. The various articles shaped
out are mostly the traditional ones like surahis or pots of different
shapes and size for multiple use, ashtray, tiles, flower pots, lamp
shades, jars various accessories or interior items are the forte of this
art of pottery.
age old craft in Rajasthan saw dust, mashed and mixed finely with mud
and clay in a semi solid paste on which the image is sculpted and later
dried and polished in colour retaining its natural hue, they make best
of decorative items with authentic ethnicity .
Every village and community has its potters, and the pots for everyday
use along with other storing vessels , hookahs, chillums, coin-banks
Places where they made are:
Alwar: for paper thin kagji pottery.
Bikaner: known for its painted pottery tinted with lac colours.
Jaisalmer: stone wares
Molela (near Udaipur): wall plaques generally depicting the
images of Heroes or the religious ones.
Pokaran: the potters make tiny bells with clay that resound like
their bellmetal counterparts.
a simple rug that was once used as an underlay, has now become one of
the state's best known weaving traditions. Weavers sit on looms in
villages, creating an interesting blend of patterns- mostly geometric,
sometimes floral- in an exciting combination of colours. Made from
cotton yarn, in areas such as Bikaner and Jaisalmer, the camel-hair,
woolen dhurrie too is available. In areas around Tonk, namdahs or felted
rugs are manufactured.
Carpets first began to be manufactured in Rajasthan when weavers from
Afghanistan were installed in the royal ateliers in the 17th century.
Ever since, they have flourished here, with their exuberant colours and
geometric motifs finding their way into showrooms around the world.
Naturally they are available in the bazaars at a price far lower than
they command in stores overseas.
- sometimes plain often painted - is used to make everything from
furniture to artefacts. While the furniture ranges from the made-as old
that is such a range all over the world, its contemporary variants
include chairs with painted backs, camel-hide stools, marble-top tables
and carved cabinets.
Artefacts include a range of animal - horses ,elephants, parrots- that
are beautifully painted as well as boxes, chests snuff boxes and other
interesting paraphernalia including dancing figurines and dwarpals or
guardians of the doors.