Rajasthan, a famous state in India, boasts of a wide range of traditional crafts, jewellery and textiles to showcase that are all-time favourites among people in the know. When speaking about beauty, brilliance and sheer variety, the handicrafts of Rajasthan are hard to beat. Besides the palaces, forts and camels, the traditional crafts of Rajasthan are very popular worldwide. It is one of the biggest exporters of traditional Indian handicrafts. The famous crafts of Rajasthan are all about distinctive shapes, vivid shades, scenic paintings and exquisitely forged metals serving as mediums of entertainment. People from all over the world visit Rajasthan to enjoy and cherish the rich history of the locale.
Here are some of the famous traditional handicrafts of Rajasthan that you should not miss out on.
Blue pottery is a well-known craft from Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is a mix of Persian decorative art and Chinese glazing technology. The name comes from the vibrant cobalt-blue dye colour that is used for making flower vases, crockery, lampshades, serving trays, jewellery boxes and more. They are embellished with vibrant blue and golden bird, animal and flower motifs. The highlight of these handicrafts is the quartz stone powder used instead of clay. Kuber Handicraft, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Heritage India and Kripal Kumbh are some of the stores in Jaipur, Rajasthan, where you can acquire some of this artisanship.
The textiles of Rajasthan have immense and ever-growing demand in the international market. The spectrum of kaleidoscopic hues used in designing these textiles boggles the mind. These hand-made textiles use different design styles, a plethora of vibrant colours and block printing, to give a unique look. Bandhani textiles are famous in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Pali and Nathdwara for their fabulous print and textures. Scarves, shawls, odhnis and turbans are a few other famous handicrafts of Rajasthan.
Marble is prepared by skilled craftsmen with the help of simple tools. High-grade Makrana marbles are carved by hand to proffer up the striking pieces that you can find in markets. These traditional handicrafts have Kundan and Meenakari stone works, which are very famous in Rajasthan. You can shop for multiple home decor items made of marble, such as flower vases, statues, sculptures, serving trays, tabletops, furniture and more, to spruce up your home interiors.
The long tradition of jewellery making in Rajasthan is reflected in sparkling form across silver, gold and diamond jewellery. The state is famous for its contemporary yet ethnic style of jewellery, ranging from mirrored lac bangles, glass bangles, Kundan jewellery, Jadau necklaces, Meenakari jewellery, Thewa jewellery and more. Rajasthan is also known for the precious gems and stones, embellished into gold or silver jewellery. These jewellery pieces on display adorn the street markets of Jodhpur and Jaipur.
Carpets & Rugs
Rajasthani carpets and rugs are known for their colour, quality and designs. They account for some of the finest handmade handicrafts of Rajasthan and are made of cotton fibre and silk. The floral patterns, bold and striking colours and unique themes make these handicrafts truly eye-catching and breathtaking. Carpets and rugs are mainly manufactured in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ganganagar and Udaipur. These hand-knotted handicrafts are best used for home decor.
The leatherware industry of Rajasthan is quite famous worldwide. Rajasthani cobblers are known for tendering premium quality leather footwear known as Mojaris and Juttis. The decoration of the footwear is enhanced by beads, sequin and colourful threads. Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Barmer are a few famous places that produce traditional leather footwear. The other famous crafts of Rajasthan made of leather are handbags, purses, hats, belts, caps, sandals, shoes, lamps, musical instruments such as dhapli, dhol, tabla, and even furniture such as chairs and stools.
Apart from the above mentioned, Rajasthan also produces a number of other famous handicrafts like puppets, woodcrafts, paintings, stone carvings, ivory jewellery, glass crafts and metalware. These handicrafts are the sole reason why some visit Rajasthan. Revel in the best that Rajasthan has to offer by embracing these priceless handicrafts and enjoying a regal stay at Neemrana’s Hill Fort Kesroli or Tijara Fort Palace, in Alwar.