Celebrate Gangaur with Ethnic Rajasthan 0
Holi is a massive riot of colors and celebrations, but in Rajasthan the fun and festivities don’t end with it, but continue for another 18 days in the form of Gangaur festival which commences on the day following holi. Though it is celebrated all over the state, it reserves a special place in Jaipur. The festival is celebrated by womenfolk with great enthusiasm and devotion for gauri, the consort of lord shiva (gana), hence Gangaur. Married women worship gauri the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love, for the success of their married life, unmarried women worship the goddess to pray for a good husband.
The first important ritual of the colorful festival of gangaur is the collection of ashes from the holi fire. A week after holi, women make clay idols of gauri and shiva. Idols of goddess gauri and lord shiva are dressed up in vibrant attire and heavy embellished jewellery. Women dressed up in beautiful, colorful outfits, wear henna on their hands and sing traditional songs. On the 18th day women carry bejeweled idols of the gan and gaur (shiva and parvati) on their head across the city, accompanied by colorful processions of bands, camels, elephants, palkis, chariots, bullock carts and folk performances. The celebration comes to an end with the immersion of idols into a lake or fresh water body, symbolizing return of Gauri and Shiva to their home. Post which everyone feasts on rich rajasthani food and especially a sweetened dish ghewar, a delicious local dessert.
- hitesh modi
The many textiles of Rajasthan, part 2… 0
Blocks carved out of wood depicting several beautiful and complex designs have been a specialty of Rajasthan for several centuries. Blocks would be carved from hand and dipped in ink and pressed over the fabric to create various designs. The main centers of Block Printing are Sanganer, Bagru, Akola, Jodhpur and Barmer, having their own styles of printing and motifs.
We had discussed Sanganer prints in the previous post, the other famous prints are:
Bagru print motifs are a little different from the Sanganer prints. These initially included designs inspired from local flora and fauna, and with time geometric prints, intertwined tendrils (bels), and animal prints were added.
The main differences between Sanganer and Bagru printing were that Sanganer prints were mainly on white background with very rich colours, whereas in Bagru, printing was on dyed or coloured fabrics with dull prints having a reddish tinge. Sanganer had an abundant source of water which aided in the washing and dyeing process, hence the difference in the results.
Dabu or mud resist printing is another fascinating style of block printing, Dabu derived from ‘dabaa’ or pressing. It basically works on negative spaces. The fabric is prepared by washing, drying and sometimes dyeing to give it a base colour. A dabu paste is prepared of mud, lime and gum. The printing blocks are then dipped in this dabu paste and are pressed on the fabric to create the designs, and then sprayed with saw dust to delay the drying.
This fabric is then dyed and then washed so the mud washes off revealing the designs in the base colour of the fabric.
- hitesh modi
The many textiles of Rajasthan, part 1... 0
Rajasthan has vast variety of world famous textile products. Bedsheets, Quilts, Kurtis, Dress materials, and many more. Promoted by the royals in the early 18th century the textile industry has grown and evolved a lot with craftsmen and artisans immigrating to the area over the centuries. Apart from Sanganer, Jaipur several other areas, mainly close to water sources developed their own printing techniques. Bagru, Akola, Jodhpur, Barmer are other important areas of textile printing in Rajasthan.
Sanganer, a village near Jaipur is very famous for its hand carved blocks and prints. Two main printing techniques are used in Sanganer Print, Screen Printing where craftsmen slide screens of designs over the fabric a number of times depending on the design and colours. Block print, where hand-made blocks of intricate designs are dipped in ink and pressed over the fabric manually to create a range of beautiful designs.
Sanganer prints are mainly created on white or light colour base with colourful designs inside. Many designs and motifs are used but there are a few dominating designs, like Mughal patterns where the border is filled with ‘bel’ or network of flowers and leaves, and big floral prints on the fabric. Animal prints are also another popular pattern sometimes depicting scenes of battles, or castles etc. Other designs used are mainly ‘boota’, leaves depicting ‘kairi’, pan etc.
- hitesh modi
Bring the colours of Rajasthan into your home 0
Rajasthan is india's largest state, situated in the north-west region of India. It is known as a desert state, but there are very few places on the earth as colourful and rich in culture and heritage as this ' land of great kings '.
Of the various specialities of Rajasthan its craftsmen are especially famous for their marble sculptures, wood furniture, semi-precious gem stones and jewellery, and bandhej, hand block, screen printing for textiles. These printing techniques create exquisite patterns and designs on the fabric which are then used to create home furnishings, apparels, and many other textile based products.
Ethnic Rajasthan brings to you a complete range of home furnishings. Give your home a royal look with Rajasthan’s famous Block Printed Bedsheets, Sanganer Prints, Kantha Bedsheets, Patch Work Embroidered Bedhseets, Cushion Covers, Table Covers, Curtains, world famous Jaipuri Quilts, Jaipuri Dohars/ AC Blankets and many more.
All our products are made from pure cotton and our either completely handmade or made by manual processes.
- hitesh modi