Rajasthan is a state in northern India. It is the largest Indian state by area and the seventh largest by population. Rajasthan’s slogan, ‘Padharo mahare desh,’ draws visitors with its historical forts, palaces, architecture, and music. Rajasthan is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India, and it is visited by one out of every three international visitors. So, here are five must haves to buy when you are in Rajasthan recommended by Alveloz.
1. Famous Blue Pottery – It is regarded as the traditional craft of Jaipur, the pottery is dyed in cobalt blue color. It was first developed by Mongol artisans who combined Chinese glazing technology with Persian decorative arts.
You can find variety of cups, jars, plates, saucers, glasses, vase and other decorative items in Blue Pottery.
2. Bandhani – It is a tie and dye textile process in which the fabric is tied with a thread at several points before dying which makes a variety of beautiful figurative design depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. The main colors used for dying are yellow, green, red and black.
You can find Sarees, Dupattas, Kurtis, Scarfs and other clothing items in Bandhani.
3. Kathputli (puppetry) – It is a string theatre which is native to Rajasthan, and is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Kathputli means a puppet and it is made of Kath (wood) mainly, cotton cloth and metal wire. Almost every house has one or more Kathputli. The tribes of Rajasthan have been performing this art from the ancient times, today it is the most popular performing art of Rajasthan after Ghoomar (folk dance).
4. Kundan – It is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewelry which is created by setting carefully shaped, uncut diamonds and polished multicolored gemstones into an exquisitely designed pure gold or faux metal base. It stills is an integral part of traditional bridal clothes.
You can find necklaces, anklets, bracelets, etc in Kundan.
5. Jodjpuri Jutti, Mojari or Nagra – It is a traditional footwear worn mostly in North India. Juttis were first used by Mughals, they were extremely popular amongst kings and queens, they were originally made out of pure leather with embroidery done on it, it also had gemstone attached to it which made it a product for rich class. But as time passed, increased involvement of people in Jutti making introduced more innovative and less expensive Juttis to the market.
You can find it in various colors and different designs.