The Indian map would be a vibrant diamond if depicted as the clusters of handicrafts.
Tinkling kutch metal bells would form its rivers and ivory marbles from Uttar Pradesh would form firm mountains on the top securing the heart of Rajasthani handicrafts in between. India is rich by its cultural heritage art and the true essence of it is portrayed by the skillful craftsmen of small villages.
The artisans state of Rajasthan is world-known for its awe-inspiring arts and crafts. But as most of the regions in India, the responsibility of taking Indian craft work forward has become the task of some specific communities only. But the efforts they make for it can leave anyone mesmerised. The result of their hard work is most of the times are the items of great beauty and charm that can steal your heart. From glorious jewellery and Marble carving paintings to beautiful textiles and pottery, the Rajasthani artisans have so much to offer making it an international marketplace for handicrafts. Each city of Rajasthan has an unique selling point that no one can ignore. Be it Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Bundi, Shekhawati or any other city you might think of, there is something intriguing about the city that makes it deserving to visit.
Let’s take a quick peek at the famous arts and crafts of Rajasthan!
Rajasthan is surely known for its momentous jewellery. As jewellery is the most important part of any attire, its designs and patterns vary with the regions. Rajasthani jewellery patterns are much influenced by the Rajput attires. It can be elegant and ornate at the same time showing off the brave royalty of Rajasthani Rajputs. The state of Rajasthan is known as the major export center for some semi-precious stones. Meenakari and Kundan are the native artwork of Rajasthan.
This one goes without any objection. Rajasthani fabrics and handblock printing is one of the major attractions of the place. Their vibrant and attractive appearance makes Rajasthan the ambassador of ancient artworks. The Sanganeri and Bagru prints in bed sheets, Ajrakh printed kurtis and Jodhpuri skirts are among the most selling hand printed textiles. The laborious and meticulous traditional art of printing with hand-carved wooden blocks still praised all around the world.
Rajasthani Marble Carving and Paintings:
The painting industry of Rajasthan has been flourishing since before the Mughal made an entry in the Rajput courts. Over the time, there developed many schools for the training of Rajasthani paintings like Mewar school, Bundi-Kota Kalam, Bikaner, Jaipur etc. The Phad and Pichwai communities of Nathdwara and Kishangarh are among the main artisans of Rajasthani Marble Carving and paintings.
The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is majorly known for its blue pottery. This regal blue- glaze pottery was first introduced by early Muslim rulers. They mostly use this blue glaze to visually lighten up the appeal of Mosques and tombs. There are a number of pottery articles are produced in Rajasthan like paper-thin pottery, painted pottery, white and red clay articles and terracotta wall plaques.
Rajasthani Ivory Carving:
Ivory bangles and carved ivories are also among the mainstream artworks of the state. Ivory is generally used to make gems typically in bangles that are significant piece of wedding ornaments. The main ivory carving centers in Rajasthan are Udaipur, Bharatpur and Jaipur.
Rajasthani Wooden Furniture:
Rajasthani furniture is the best compliments to its palaces and havelis that displays almost similar intricate designs and carvings. Furniture of various style and theme is the occupation of many in the varying places of Rajasthan. Among them, Latticework on wood is most celebrated. Jaipur and Kishangarh are the main hubs of Rajasthani wooden furniture where you will get cut coffin, screens, entryways, seats, tables,racks and so on.
Rajasthani Handicrafts – It’s time to bring them home
Since you are at the end of this journey and folding up your maps, you will realize you just covered only a small part of Indian heritage art. Every region in India has some ancient art within that is splendid and taking the Indian pride forward. So it’s time to embrace them and bring a little more India home.