The state of Rajasthan clearly defines the wonder of tradition through its handicraft and through its ancestral potency; the state has become the richest in terms of expressing their ideas through handicraft work. The intensity of skill workers have really made the culture exciting and transition of works from doors of ancestors to corridor of successors could really allow traveller to get the best of Rajasthan Handicraft. The diversity in their culture has led to the course of evolution and in state of Rajasthan one could expect to find the series of handicraft.
Importance of handicrafts
The handicraft of state requires special attention as its products get exported to various countries beside that initiative of government in this
context has been very kind. The local artist is encouraged to take part in historic work and their creations are hugely appreciated and put into show. An availability of handicraft and handloom stores around is enough to tell the story and highlight its importance.
Stone sculpting is related with stone work and it is done by sandstone sculptors of Mount Abu and Jaipur. The tradition of sand work is very old as it was there from the rule of Rajas. The stone work is done on marble and sandstone, the grand exemplification of outrageous work could be trace from symbolic beauty of Dilwara temples. The stone sculpture is more prominent in Jaipur and you could see artisans working upon images of deities and utensils.
The Pottery of Rajasthan shares a glimpse of Harappa Civilization, which means an origin of this art is older than many human civilization the lineage and fragments is associated with the myth of Lord Shiva. The blue potter of Jaipur defines the whole attribution of this art, the course of inspiration is Terracotta driven and essential work is done with acute precision and accuracy.
The vibrant industry of textile defines Rajasthan is rich in fabrics, especially the work of silk and cotton is carried by people living in Kota district. The designs are emblazed with audacity of colours and block printing is done with so much passion and love. The work of Embroidery is carried by women and appliqué the most beautiful part of textiles and clothing is done with great accuracy and ideas.
Carpets and Weaving
The culture of carpet was brought by Muslim and by the end of 16th century the art of weaving and carpet making was studied and practiced by locals living in Rajasthan. The carpet is made out of jute and rugged fabrics beside that the work of weaving is carried by women to add more design and radiance in carpet. The grand example of weaving could be trace through shawls which is more famous in desert during the season of winter; the hand spun wool called kheis is used to make shawls.
Silver in common is used abundantly local artisans to embed jewellery, the elaborate bracelets, rings, nose rings, toe rings, ankle bracelet etc which are more famous in Rajasthan is carried out by Meenakari sonar. The jewellery is associated with a culture of locals and you could see women’s wearing a band of jewellery to define their culture and heritage.
For exceptional presentation of woodwork we would suggest traveller to walk the distance of Jajpur, Jodhpur, Sawai, Udaipur and Madhopur, where lattice work is carried with great enthusiasm. The wood carving involves depiction of different figures beside that lattice work is carried either in timer or other hard woods. The folding chairs, window panes, wrought doors etc displays the potential of wood carving beside that the trace of work could be seen in bangles and bracelet wore by local Rajasthani women.