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Crafts & Arts Shopping

Rajasthan is a shopper’s paradise, with its vibrant art and culture scenario, that offers the visitors an unparalleled range of Rajasthan art and handicrafts in Rajasthan to choose from.

Visitors to Rajasthan will take a magical trip into the history of Rajasthan when they go shopping in the teeming and bustling bazaars of the State to shop for objects ‘d’ art. The shopping in Rajasthan is as fascinating as the sight-seeing in Rajasthan. It is really an experience in itself. The markets are spilling over with colourful products that are sure to captivate the viewers.

Visitors to Rajasthan will take a magical trip into the history of Rajasthan when they go shopping in the teeming and bustling bazaars of the State to shop for objects ‘d’ art. The shopping in Rajasthan is as fascinating as the sight-seeing in Rajasthan. It is really an experience in itself. The markets are spilling over with colourful products that are sure to captivate the viewers.

Jewellery
Handicrafts in Rajasthan offer a host of options in terms of Jewellery. Almost all the jewellery available here is handcrafted and the State is one of the largest hubs for hand-cutting of gems in the world. It is also a significant producer of precious and semi-precious stones like Garnets, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Ruby, Emerald etc.

Each era in Rajasthan’s history had different forms of ornaments that was worn by royals, aristocrats, or the common people of this desert State. You can still find influences of each era in the present day Rajasthan jewellery.

Some of the more popular Rajasthan arts that are a part of the jewellery scenario are

• Kundan: This art form comes from Jodhpur and Bikaner and deals with the setting of precious and semi precious stones in gold.

• Minakari: This is the traditional Rajasthan art that involves the enamelling of silver and gold or any other metal or stone. Nathdwara, Pratapgarh, and Jaipur are famous for their Minakari.

• Tussi ( Necklace)
• Adah ( a special type of necklace that is worn by Rajputs)
• Pajebs ( anklets)
• Baju Bandh ( armlet)
• Rakdi ( head ornament)

and the list just goes on and on

If you want to shop for jewellery in Rajasthan, then you must make your way to the ‘Johari Bazaar’ or the ‘Jewellers Market’ in Jaipur. It ranks as one of the most exclusive markets for jewellery in the world. Jewellery is a significant component of the arts and crafts in Rajasthan and the variety available in this regard will astonish you no end.

Leather handicrafts in Rajasthan

The leather articles of Rajasthan are a reflection of the innate skills of the craftsmen who fashion them out of leather. These leather handicrafts in Rajasthan encompass a variety of products that include musical instruments, bags, belts, jooties (foot-wear), chairs, tables etc.

The leather products are embellished, sequined, or embroidered with intricate designs and patterns that go a long way in accentuating the beauty of these products. Different cities in Rajasthan, specialize in different sorts of leather objects and products. Bikaner is a city in Rajasthan that is renowned for its leather products like shields, vases, mojharies (foot wear), lampshades etc. Embroidered leather products from the Tilonia region of Rajasthan are well known for their delicate craftsmanship and beauty.

So, if you want to shop for leather products, then Rajasthan is the only place for you

Paintings of Rajasthan

The paintings on offer in Rajasthan play an important role in the furtherance of arts and crafts in Rajasthan. The State is famous for its miniature paintings that depict a variety of scenes from the history and legend associated with Rajasthan. Not only are the miniature paintings well-known but the wall paintings are also a highly popular form of art in Rajasthan.

The Phad and Pichwai painting forms of Rajasthan are those that go back a long way and are still in full form today. Over a period of time the scenario of paintings has evolved and developed to a sublime mix of tradition and modernity. If you go shopping for painting in Rajasthan, bear in mind that the cost depends on the workmanship of the artist in question.

Puppets

The wood handicrafts in Rajasthan are unique in their own right and the most exceptional derivatives of that art form are the puppets in Rajasthan. These puppets of Rajasthan are colourful and vibrant and are clothed in the traditional costumes of Rajasthan. Most of the puppets in Rajasthan do not have any legs as that part of the body is covered with long skirts. The markets of Rajasthan will offer you a variety of options in terms of puppets and you must buy them on your trip to Rajasthan.

Metal Craft

The exquisite metal craft of Rajasthan is a manifestation of the vibrant development of arts and crafts in Rajasthan. The metal objects of art that are a specialty of Rajasthan are silver engravings, filigree cut work, artistic designs, carvings, and embellishments on brass etc. You can find an abundance of engraved and lacquered brassware that is an important handicraft of Rajasthan, in forms such as boxes, plates, bowls, lamps, picture frames etc. Motifs of flowers, landscapes, and hunting scenes are painstakingly hammered and engraved in various metals to create a masterpiece of art and craft.

Popular articles that you can shop for are swords, shields, daggers, zinc water carriers or ‘badlas’, etc.

Stone Craft

One of the best examples of Rajasthan art in terms of stone are the intricate sculptures that are hand carved out of blocks of stones or even from clay. Blue pottery is also a significant component of the stone arts and crafts in Rajasthan. Lately artisans have been experimenting with other colors like dark, blue, brown, yellow and the result has been spectacular to say the least. Articles shaped out of clay or stone include ashtrays, tiles, lamp shades, jars, various decorative items that have hand made patters and design, various accessories and many other items that are sure to captivate each and everybody that lay their eyes on them.