Rajasthan is shopper’s paradise. Perhaps war -like lifestyle of his inhabitance inspire them to create the most opulent of treasure. Stone, Clay, Ivory, Lac, Silver, Gold and Textile were given the most brilliant Form. Elsewhere you can discover these art and craft which ae most popular with the tourist.
Like the topographical variation of the land, the culture of Rajasthan is a wide spectrum of brilliant hues caressed by waves of settlers ranging from ancient Indus Valley urbanites to pastoral Aryan herdsmen, Bhil forest dwellers, Jain merchant princes, Jat and Gujjar cultivators, Muslim craftsmen, and the Rajput warrior aristocracy. All shaped this region called the land of kings. Colorful costumes, festivals and customs relieve the tedium of coping with a harsh, demanding land. People travel to Rajasthan to savor its splendors and imbibe its enviable heritage. Discover it all in the fairs and festivals, folk music, Rajasthani cuisine and crafts of Rajasthan.
The patronage for artisans of the state was extended by the kings and rulers who turned to them to embellish their zenanas, the women's wings of the palaces, and the durbar or courts. Ateliers were created where artists were treated with due respect and paintings, jewellery and pottery, stone and wood carving, textile and rug weaving, was accorded due place. Major craft traditions in Rajasthan include Tie-and-Dye Textiles, Hand block Printing, Quilting, Jewellery, Gems and Stones, Blue Pottery, Leather Craft, Woodcarving, and local Painting traditions.
Rajasthan’s arts and crafts date back centuries, but still thrive on the merits of the artisans. Walking through the bazaars in Rajasthan can be an exciting experience: silver ornaments sold by the kilo, fistfuls of semi-precious and precious stones offered off pavements, mounds of hand-block printed fabrics piled up in shops, quilts strung up to hang.
As colorful as the veils fluttering in the adjoining store, rows upon rows of terracotta pots, evenly arranged pairs of embroidered shoes, piles of paintings, and amazing heaps of wood and metal crafted objects piled into incredible pyramids…
This is a medieval bazaar come to life and bursting with the passion with which the people of this state lead their daily lives. The arts and crafts of Rajasthan go back many centuries to the days when the royalty patronized them.