Lasting legacy

Lasting legacy

The most sophisticated of these are the pichwais or temple hangings depicting Lord Krishna in various moods. These pichwais are hung in Nathdwara temple and are changed according to every season. Scrolls depicting the life of Pabuji, a local hero are also popular here. These scrolls locally called Pabuji ki phad, predominantly red and green, have the effect of a giant picture book. They are  now available in smaller
panels .

Rajput miniatures, which flourished under princely patronage, are still reproduced faithfully by the descendants of the original craftsmen. Families of the miniature painters still survive in cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Kishangarh. They produce these delicate works of art on fine handmade paper, which comes from Sanganer.

Rajasthan has especially flooded the market with its fabrics and handicrafts. Jaipur, Barmer and Bikaner are well known for their beautiful carpets with Indo-Heretic designs. These carpets containing 16 to 30 knots per square inch are available in a range of sizes. Bikaneri namdahs or small rugs are quite handsome . More modestly priced are durries.

In Udaipur, toys play a pivotal role in the lives of some of the crafts communities. An unusual practice exists that a boy’s marriage is fixed by his family only after they have made sure that his future bride is familiar with the lathe. Miniature wheat grinders, cradles, kitchen sets and puppets made of cloth are created in this area. Toys are inspired by local legends, as in Bassi, in Chittaurgarh district from where comes the little peacock-boat shaped shringardani. This delightful little cosmetic box is traditionally given to a bride on her wedding day.

Leather is also a fairly utilitarian material used by both princes and laymen in Rajasthan. Rajasthani cobblers are world famous for  creating mojadis.

Bikaner is known for its camel hide bottles, made by stretching softened camel leather over a clay mould, and for translucent camel skin  lamp shades.

Religious themes are carved in stone all over Rajasthan and from Alwar come the paper-thin Kazi pots. The abundance of crafts in our country is  something we should be proud of  and Rajasthan is  a repository  of timeless crafts.

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