Traditional Handicrafts of Jaipur
Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state, can boast of a high tradition in handicrafts. For time immemorial Jaipur handicrafts are relished by the connoisseurs here and abroad. The splash of colors, the craftsmanship and dedication of the artists are reflected in every handicraft available in Jaipur. There is imagination, eloquence, exuberance and excellence you can rely on as well as relish upon.
Rajasthan Arts and Crafts include but not limited to
- Hand-printed textiles,
- Wooden mantel piece.
- Kitchen utensils,
- Votive objects,
- Pottery, ceramics
- Camel saddles,
Wood carvings such as images of gods and goddesses, wooden elephants, parrots, human and animal figures are simply enchanting. You will be spellbound looking at the Gesso work. Take the case of chess sets in wood or ivory which puts the signature of the bygone royalty.
Pampered by the Royals
Pampered by the Royals (Rajasthan means land of the kings) the art culture grew astronomically. It is all vibrant colors, fantasy, passion and illusion. The doll play did have Kings and queens as the main characters in the bye gone era. So is the case of great wooden chess sets of Rajasthan. Chess is supposed to have been born in India with all the ingredients of royal battle. Once upon a time, the Kings played chess with lively soldiers, elephants and horses.
Colours and glamour all the way
Right from the household vessels, screens, attires, shoes and Jewellery there is a touch of class. You cannot miss noticing the Rajasthan signature in them. Camel, the desert ship is the subject of a certain piece of arts to take away the monotony of the desert. These are of intricate design with a splash of colours and a lot of imaginations.
Artists -Generation after generation
Rajasthan Arts and Crafts are managed by unique artists who got their skills passed on through generations. They include floor carpets, hand- woven Durries and Nomads (soft woollen ) of Rajasthan which are known all over the world for ages. These durries, made out of camel hairs are woven mainly in Jaipur.
Rajasthan hand-knotted carpets with geometric motifs and formal designs with a border and central motifs like peacocks have also well sought after.
Furniture and wood carving:
Rajasthan is the right place to look for great mementoes
- Doors and windows,
- Wooden jharokhas,
- Tables with cast iron jaalis ( grill work),
- Jhoolas (swings) and
Laced with decorated copper sheets, they also come in carved style or tiled styles.
Pottery and leather
Jaipur is famous for unique its blue glazed pottery that doesn’t use simple clay but ground quartz stone, fuller’s earth and sodium sulphate.Jootis (the embroidered slip-on footwear the people wear), saddles, bags and pouches are not the
Puppets, Stone Carving, ornaments, Ivory Carving, Shellac Bric-a-Brac, Bandhani or Tie and Dye of Rajasthan, Zari, Gota, Kinari & Zardozi of Rajasthan, Jaipur Blue Pottery, and Takashi. Well, the list goes on for the tourists to carry with them mementoes and of course a slice of history.