Traditions of Rajasthan



In the long chain of handicraft traditions of Rajasthan, weaving carpets is also a healthy tradition. The carpets from Rajasthan are a popular item of export today. The carpet traditions started originating way back in medieval period when Raja Mansingh I of Amer in Rajasthan pioneered in this area. He acquired many splendid carpets from Herat in Afghanistan for his palace. In this course he also invited artisans from there to train the local workers. Eventually Jaipur, Bikaner and Amer emerged as the important centers of carpet weaving. The carpet industry of Jaipur further received a fillip during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. Jaipur is home to the quality carpets. The designs specifically are Persian and Caucasian. The patterns mainly carried out in the carpets are those of humans, flora, fauna, landscapes and geometrics. Namdas

These soft woolen druggets in basic colors are decorated with embroidery and appliqué work. Rajasthani namdas are known for their simplicity and design. Tonk in Rajasthan a renowned production center for these namdas. Durries

Hand-woven cotton durries in Rajasthan are also called ‘Panja’ durries. They are known for their remarkable geometric patterns and colors. They command a sizeable markets not only in India but in overseas also.

Handicrafts Trade
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