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Rajasthan map Trails

Arts & Crafts


CARPETS :

Carpets first began to be manufactured in Rajasthan when weavers from Afghanistan started to settle in the royal ateliers in the 17th century. Ever since, they have flourished here, with their high-spirited colours and geometric motifs finding their way into showrooms across the globe. Naturally they are available in the bazaars at a price much lower than they command in stores overseas. 

The traditional designs of carpets of Rajasthan follow dushala, charkona, mehrab and shikar patterns. Otherwise the designs are slanted towards the Indo-Persian. The carpet in Indo-Kerman design made in Rajasthan has ivory or cream as the background colour with floral design all over or in the centre.

HAND MADE PAPER : 

Handmade Paper is variety of recycled paper butit is not manufactured by any paper mill. In fact Handmade Paper is more environment friendly than other recycled papers because it is 100% wood free and it is recycled from cotton fabric leftovers churned out by garment manufacturers.

All the paper are sun dried and have elegant and exquisite surface for writing and printing. Use of Handmade Paper helps in saving trees thus contributing to healthier environment.

BLUE POTTERY :

To begin with Blue Pottery originated in Persia and came into vogue in Rajasthan during the times of Maharaja Ram Singhji who patronized this novel art.

Distinctive materials like quartz stone were used to bring in the desired effect. Mainly blue (residues of oxide of cobalt) and green colours (oxide of copper) were used to bring in the vibrancy of the objects. Nowadays even shades of yellow, dark blue and brown are used. Floral prints, arabesque motifs and animal figures are the predominant themes interweaved in the articles. Ashtray, flower pots, lamp shades, jars are some of the best buy s from Rajasthan bearing the hall mark of blue pottery. There was a time when Blue Pottery was vanishing from Rajasthan. But recently the art has been revived by late Gayatri Devi erstwhile queen of Jaipur. 

Jaipur is also the home of glazed Blue - Pottery which has its origins in Persia. Its distinctive feature is that no clay is used. The blue - pottery articles like flower vases, pots and jars, surahis, lampstands and even doorknobs, are decorated with traditional and arabesque motifs of animals, birds & flowers and are a shopper's delight.

HANDICRAFTS

Rajasthan is a treasure house of handicrafts. Take a stroll in any of the markets in any of the cities here and you will see so many artisans selling their art and craft all around. Hand made puppets, wooden toys, lac bangles, mirror work bedsheets and wall-hangings, decorative pieces, statues and many other collectibles will catch your attention. Take as many souvenirs and gifts from the large variety of handicrafts available here.