Arts and crafts of Rajasthan are famed the world over. There are many aspects to handicrafts and the colors are rich and vivid. Since Rajasthan has a very history, there are many antique shops that can be found in the state. Here a variety of artifacts such as utensils, home decoration, old textiles and weapons can also be found. The museums located inside the various forts show glimpses of the royalty and their traditions. Pottery
The various regions of Rajasthan have their own unique blend of pottery. While the blue pottery of Jaipur is famous, the pottery that comes from Udaipur specializes in terra cotta pottery. Bikaner is famous for painted pottery and Alwar produces paper thin pottery. The motifs are taken from everyday life including trees, flowers, wild animals and abstract geometric designs. Vegetable dyes are used to make colors.
Miniature paintings are famed the world over. They were first introduced by the Mughals. There is a unique blend of Muslim and Hindu traditions in the creation of the miniature paintings. Paintings are also decorated with precious stones especially near Nathwada. Many of the miniature paintings feature tiger hunts, wildlife, Hindu Gods and Goddesses and also women. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Nathwada and Kishangarh are the major centers that are still engaged in paintings.
Puppetry is very popular local art form. It’s been used for centuries to entertain and educate the simple folk. Traditional stories are told to children with the help of puppets. Puppets ca dance and there are musicians who will sing along while the story is been told. Its folk theater at its best.
Today it draws in a sizable number of tourists also. Puppets are also sold and are quite inexpensive. They can be found all across the state and make for great gifts.
Gems and Jewelry
Rajasthan is one of the biggest centers in the world where the gems are cut by hand. Gold ornaments and Kundan work are extremely famous here. People travel from all across the world to purchase the jewelry.
Precious and semi precious stones are set to exquisite designs. While tribes prefer silver, the nobility prefers gold, diamonds and precious stones such as rubies and pearls.
This is really intricate work and is fond in Bikaner. The inner hide of the camel is used. The hide is scraped till its paper thin. It’s the used to make hip flasks, lamp shades, pouches etc. Greens, Reds and gold are used to make it rich.
Rajasthan has many traditional arts and crafts that are seeing resurgence.