a land of princes, palaces and preening peacocks
is renowned for its monuments, art and culture
that go back to several centuries.
a range of miniature paintings and frescoes of exquisite
refinement. There is romance in Rajasthan's forts
and palaces and arts of gallantry retold in ballads
there are sanctuaries sheltering rich and varied species
of flora and fauna. And the shimmering Thar desert belt
charms with a rare and amazing sight. Rajasthanis are a
handsome people with colorful costumes. They express themselves
in color and sound not easily seen or heard anywhere else
in the country. Rajasthan overwhelms with color found in
bustling bazaars; in wide ranging costumes of its people;
in streets where elephants and camels vie with buses and
Glass bangles, made in great variety in Jaipur & Jodhpur,
are perennially in demand and are available in most parts
of the state.Lac bangles are believed to be worn as a sign
of good omen and are available in many colours & designs.
Kundan and enamel jewellery has been a speciality of Rajasthan,
particularly that of Jaipur.
Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enamelling.
This traditional art of Meeriakariis also done in Nathdwara.
Heart-warming textiles, dyed in the bandhani or tie &
dye style reign supreme in Rajasthan. Different methods
are used to tie the fabric into small points producing different
patterns like Lahariya, Mothda,Ekdali and Shskari. The best
bandhani work comes iikar and Jodhpur, while Jaipur. Pali.
Udaipur and Nathdwara are the other centres.
The women of Rajasthan haveembroidering
fabrics. Embroidery practised in Bikaner is done by counting
threads. The women of skar and Jhunihunu specilize in making
patterns of animals. Chain stitch is popular in A!war. Dancing
figures. Flowers and peacocks are the favourite motifs.
Women of Barmer use mirrors, thus enhancino the beauty of
the embroidered piece.