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Rajasthan Handicraft

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History of Rajasthan reveals that the Kings and nobles were patrons of Art and Craft and they encouraged the craftsmen in activities ranging from wood and marble carving to weaving, pottery and painting. People of this region had a strong desire to decorate their surroundings. Rajasthan is among the richest states in the country in arts and crafts. Below are the famous crafts of Rajasthan that have gained popularity worldwide:

Though there is a variety of products found everywhere in India, still if you want to have the best quality, with minimum price, then one should go to the famous places of Rajasthan like Bikaner, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Jaipur to fend these. These famous Cities of Rajasthan not only have an array of Handicrafts but also have attractions like Historical Forts and Museums, 100 years old Havelis, Sand Dunes, famous Villages like Kichchinn and so on. Seeing Rajasthan is a absolutely different experience!

Rajasthani Wood Work
Sandalwood and Woodwork :
Carved wooden chests and boxes with brass inlay and lacquer work, together with sandalwood statues and objects, are the some of the most popular hand crafted items. There is also a wide range of grand furniture, reminiscent of the royal era. Tilonia furniture also stands out for its fine embroidery work done on leather. As also carved furniture from Barmer region.

Rajasthani Puppets
Puppets (Kathputli) :
Puppet is an ancient and popular form of folk entertainment. No village fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan can be complete without the kathputlis (puppets). With their sparkling eyes and brightly coloured dresses, the kathputlis , gives unforgettable experience.

» Miniature Paintings : Different schools of this fascinating art have flourished here since the 16th century, each with its own distinctive style. The Kishangarh school is best known for its Bani Thani paintings. A totally different style with highly exaggerated features - long necks, large almond-shaped eyes, long fingers and the use of subdued colours.The verdant greenery of the Kota-Bundi region is reflected in the paintings of that region. The rulers of Amer-Jaipur were the closest to the Mughals and a strong Mughal influence crept into their paintings.

» Ivory : Ivory is often used to make jewellery, especially bangles, which are considered an essential part of bridal jewellery. The bangles are often over laid with gold and are often dyed in various colors, though the most popular are inlaid with glass and coloured stone. also inlaid and shaped into intricate items of great beauty.

» Lac and Glass : Lac is mainly used bangles and decorative items. Lac bangles are made in bright colours. These bangles and decorative items are inlaid with glass and coloured stone.

» Pottery : Palaces, Havelies, even huts are commonly having Walls and ceilings covered with colorful paintings in Rajasthan. Some of the finest paintings can be seen in havelis of the Shekhawati region and the ancient towns of Bundi and Kota. And some of the most humorous on the walls of houses tucked away in the lanes of Jaisalmer. The Jaipur blue pottery is equally famous and unique. No cracks develop in it and since it is impervious, it is more hygienic for daily use. Some of this pottery is semi-transparent and mostly decorated with animal and bird motifs. These pottery items, unlike that of Delhi are made out of Egyptian paste, and fired at very low temperature.

Rajasthani Jewelery : Rajasthan is also well known for its remarkable Jwelery. Worn on all Indian Festivals and Functions, the Rajasthani can be broadly categorised in two categories :

» Meenakari : Meenakari is the setting of precious stones into gold and the enameling of gold. This intricate art was brought in Jaipur by Raja Mansingh of Amer by inviting some skilled workers from Lahore. The art grown over the years. Jaipur Meenakari is famous for it's delicacy and colourfulness. Alwar, Pratapgarh and Nathdwara are other centers, which produce fine quality enamel work.

» Kundankari : A specialty of Rajasthan, is work of Kundan, the jewelry in which kundan is applied, mostly made from a core of lac, a natural resin. The pieces which make up the finished object are first shaped by specialist craftsmen (and solder together if the shape is complicated). Holes are cut for the stones, any engraving or chasing is carried out, and the pieces are enameled. When the stones are to be set, lac is inserted in the back, and is then visible in the front through the holes. Highly refined gold, the kundan, is then used to cover the lac and the stone is pushed into the kundan.

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