As a lover of objects, a trip to India is a fascinating encounter with the crafts of Rajasthan. The bazaars proudly display pieces of art that for centuries were only within the reach of kings.
Colorful and seductive, the Indian markets are full of objects that seem to have been designed for a past time. Indeed, the craftsmanship of Rajasthan is a continuation of the princely inheritance. Nowadays, more democratic, the access to the best pieces continues being ground for connoisseurs and lovers of the beauty.
Crafts of Rajasthan for them
The designs created with the technique of block printing or block printing are among the highest quality textile products of Rajasthani craftsmanship . Generally made on cotton, printing with wooden blocks is done with natural pigments. A garment can combine up to 8 overlapping colors and printing is done by hand. Known brands of women’s clothing and home textiles such as Anokhi are based in the Pink City .
Undoubtedly, among the most exclusive pieces of Rajasthani crafts are the Indian jewels . The work of silver is excellent throughout the state. The majority of pieces worn by women in rural areas are sterling silver with a manual filigree work that varies greatly in each region. In addition, in Jaipur stands out the carving of precious and semiprecious stones that are mounted with the most exuberant forms.
From the Kundan style with which they make necklaces of precious stones and gold plates, to the Thewa, where 23 carat gold is superimposed on colored crystals to form a sort of floral latticework. Rajasthani jewelry has unique pieces of high value, almost impossible to get outside of India .
Rajasthan crafts for home
The furniture also has a special place in the crafts of Rajasthan. In Jodhpur you will find some of the best colonial furniture factories inspired by royal antiquities. In the work of the carved wood are added mother-of-pearl and camel bone inlays, or decorations with miniatures that tell about battles and princely love stories.
The art of the miniature that once decorated walls and palace books still has schools in Udaipur, Bikaner, Kota and the Shekawati region. It is practiced on different materials such as silk, camel bone or paper and can be incorporated in all kinds of objects, from amulets to coffee tables or bridal trunks.
Another luxury object is the Makrana marble with which the Taj Mahal was built and nowadays a multitude of handicraft objects from Rajasthan from sculptures of the most popular gods such as Lakshmi, Ganesha or Radha and Kirshna to intricate fantasies like the elephant formed by apsaras nymphs. Objects are also made for the house with the hard stone technique, which consists of the incrustation of semi-precious stones on marble in the manner of the decoration of the Taj Mahal. With so much to choose from, there are those who decide to buy another suitcase.