Rajasthan is a land of vibrant colours, these colours are a striking part of the Rajasthani life and are found in the bustling bazars, in fairs & festivals, in the costumes worn and in the traditional paintings & murals.
Rajasthani textiles are the representative of that myriad hue woven in the cloth. Be it the multi colored tie and dye work or excellent block printing, Rajasthan astonishes the entire world with its skill and efficiency.
Throughout Rajasthan, the flaming red and dazzling yellow of womenâ€™s odhnis, defiantly breaks the monotonous desert landscape.
There is also a saying that the fashioning of menâ€™s turbans and the patters on the womenâ€™s skirts alters every twenty four miles.
About Block Printing
Rajasthan is the heartland of hand – block printing. The chief color used is orange and red with floral prints in yellow and blue â€“ black. The art of Khari or overprinting in gold is also practiced here.
Today, traditional vegetable and mineral dyes are gradually being replaced by chemical ones. Sanganeri prints command a huge demand from major fashion centres world â€“ wide.
Mirror work and Embroidery
Be it a turban, a flared skirt, a veil or a sari â€“ the colour combination are unusual and brilliant. The women of Rajasthan have mastered the art of embroidering fabrics.
Embroidery practiced in Bikaner is done by counting threads. The use of double stitch method results in creating an effect on both sides, giving a semblance of bandhani. Dancing figures, flowers, peacocks and Mandala, the tree of life are the favorite motifs
Tie & Dye ( Bandhani and Leheria )
The Bandhani and Leheria are two tie-and-dye methods which are popular in Rajasthan.
For Bandhani, the fabric is tied into minute knots to form a design and then dipped into the dye. The Leheria (waves) pattern is also achieved with the tie-and-dye technique.
The main colours used in Bandhani are yellow, green, red and black. The fabric is skillfully knotted by the women, while the portfolio of dyeing rests with the men.
The most commonly used patterns in this technique are dots, circles, squares, waves and stripes.