The Textile of Rajasthan has a fascinating range of dyed and block printing fabrics. Each state has its own special colour-scheme design and technique.
Rajasthani textiles come in an attractive range of hand-block prints, tie & dye, embroidered fabrics with mirror work. The art of Khari or over printing in gold is also practiced here. The Bandhni or tie & dye work comes from Sikar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, etc. Light and painstakingly printed Kota Doria sarees are a range with women during the hot summer season.
Handblock printed bedspreads in Ajrak prints come from Barmer, sarees, wraps & Kerchiefs from Nathdwara and embroidered textiles from Bikaner and Barmer.
The various types of Rajasthan textiles are
Hand Block Printing
Hand block printing is a traditional form of imparting motifs and colour on fabric, mostly cotton. Carved wooden blocks soaked in different colors are pasted on the fabric.
Rajasthan is the heartland of hand block printing. Sanganer is virtually flooded with block makers and printers to the extent that textiles are hand block printed in the courtyards of homes. The chief color used is orange and red with floral prints in yellow and blue black....more on Hand Block Printing
The lehriya is a pattern in which an entire piece of cloth is dyed in different colours in the form of horizontal lines. Udaipurs lehriya work is well known.
Leheriya Style & Leheriya Salwar Kameez is one of the most popular type of saree and salwar kameez, which literally means waves of the sea and shimmers before you as enchantingly as the rippling waters of an ocean in bands of two, five or seven colors....more on Lehria
Bandhej (Bandhani) was introduced in Jamnagar when the city was founded 400 years ago. This city has now become one of the principal centers of bandhej, creating new pattern and experimenting with modern colors.
Bandhej is the Art of royalty - The tie-dyed fabrics of Gujarat are perhaps the best produced in India. Over the years the BANDHEJ label has become synonymous with a distinct style in traditional clothing....more on Bandhej
Embroidery and Mirror work
Be it a turban, a flared skirt, a veil or a sari the colour combinations are unusual and brilliant. The women of Rajasthan have mastered the art of embroidering fabrics.
Embroidery of Rajasthan brings new character and dimension to any article that it graces. It is an ancient craft, which has changed over time to reflect the prevailing social, material and sometimes even the political mood of the times. The needles on different cloths do the embroidery work....more on Embroidery and Mirror work
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