Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India with tourists flooding in from all parts of the world. While touring this amazing region one will encounter various architectural masterpieces of the yesteryears and the royal hospitality will leave him bedazzled. However, shopping in Rajasthan gets difficult with numerous options in handicrafts. The writing below will offer guidelines in what to shop for when in Rajasthan.
The state of Rajasthan is any shopper’s ‘paradise’ with innumerable options in items from paintings to jewelry and handicrafts. It is a treasure for any visitor to shop in Rajasthan. There is always something for everyone. The following guidelines will help you with what to look for when you are in on a shopping spree in Rajasthan.
Paintings for Art Lovers:
Rajasthan houses good number of bright and expressive paintings. The famous ones include Phads and Pichwais, Miniature art and the Folk paintings. These days the paintings are made mostly from synthetic colours. However, the more expensive and traditional paintings are made using vegetable dyes and minerals.
Some of India’s rarest hand-crafted jewelry is available in Rajasthan. The hand-cut gems based industry too has a huge center located in the state of Rajasthan. The state provides a few semi-precious and precious stones to the country. Other jewelry items you can look for in Rajasthan include the Lac work, Silversmithy, Meenakari work, Kundan work and Enamelled gold based jewelry among others.
The Stone-Carving Works:
This unique work of Rajasthan include the various stone panels, idols, balconies, figurines and many more such works. The materials which are used for making these stone-carvings range from green Kota to white marble and gray or white soapstone.
The Leather Option:
The leatherwear of this state is highly popular and includes a wide range of footwear (like Mojaris & jutis) as well as the leather-based musical instruments. The dead animal hides are beaten, followed by tanning and dying to prepare these leather products. You can look for the finest leatherwear in Jodhpur, Jaipur Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer.
The Textile Search:
The popular textiles available in this region along with the places which form they can be originally found include the following:
- Tie and dye in Mothra, Batik, Bandhani, Ekdali, Cheent, Shikari, Bandhej
- Hand-block prints in Bagru and Sanganer
- Lehriya in Udaipur
- Bandhej in Sikar, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaipur, Pali, Udaipur, Jaisalmer
Carpets and Dhurries:
The carpets and dhurries or simple rugs are pretty famous products of Rajasthan. These are made using looms in the local villages. Patterns used in these include geometric shapes and floral patterns. Some of the places where you can find these products include Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Tonk.
Buying Blue Pottery:
This ‘Persian’ art form was introduced by Maharaja Ram Singh in the state of Rajasthan. In this art form, the material used is ‘ground quartz’. The colour scheme is also unique in its own way consisting of green (copper oxide) and blue (cobalt oxide) along with white on the exterior.
The Wooden Crafts:
Wood is popularly used in Rajasthan and attracts the tourists in its crafted forms. The wooden crafts include marble-top tables, back-painted chairs, carved cabinets, camel-hide based stools and many more such artistic products.
Shopping for Terracotta:
Rajasthan has been serving terracotta products to the country for a long time. Images are made on this semi-solid mud and dust based paste. The sculpture is later given for drying and then polished. Here is a list of the popular terracotta products and their original places:
- Stoneware in Jaisalmer
- Religious or hero based images on wall plaque in Udaipur and Molela
- ‘Kagji’ (paper thin) pottery in Alwar
- Lac colour painted pottery in Bikaner
With all the help provided above in terms of areas and products to choose for shopping in Rajasthan, you shall have no worries when you are in the state and plan for some shopping treat?