Regional Art & Craft

TEN BEST SOUVENIRS FROM RAJASTHAN

One never returns disappointed from the realm of the Royals and the Rajputs. Rajasthan is the state where a lot is alluring. From tourist spots to wildlife attractions, tourists are mesmerized by all. It is a distinguished place which speaks volumes of history and heritage.

Whenever the tour of a traveller or tourist comes to an end, they take back unique souvenirs with them which would keep the memory of that place intact with them, forever. Tourists even shop for their family and friends and take back little things as presents. So, here’s a list of crafts and special items from the desert state that can be kept to relish the memory of Rajasthan.

  1. Silver Jewellery

Never dare to leave the state without buying even a trinket or jewellery. You might regret it later. Apart from gemstones, silver jewellery is another eye-arresting attraction. From dangler earrings to chokers and jhumkas to anklets, there’s a diversity of handcrafted silver ornaments here.

Silver Jewellery // Image Courtesy – Udaipurian

2. Block Printed Textiles

Sanganer and Bagru the well known places around Jaipur where block printing is at its peak. From apparels to home textiles, block printing can be seen everywhere. Never return back without a block printed textile from Rajasthan.

3. Wood Carved Items

Wooden articles of Rajasthan are the souvenirs which majority of the tourists or travellers carry back to their home towns. The spectacular craftsmanship of artisans is reflected in a variety of wooden toys, snuff boxes, antiques, animal figurines and boxes. 

4. Gemstone Jewellery

Rajasthan is a state with innumerable royal connections and one of the integral part of their attire is jewellery and gemstones. Thus, no other place in the country can match the varied range of gemstones found here. Rajasthan is majorly famous for hard cut gemstones in India. In Rajasthan, you can find different styles of gemstones in a variety of carvings. The renowned hard-cut gems available in Rajasthan are Emerald, Rubby, Agate, Amethyst and Topaz.

5. Paintings

Rajasthan consists of some of the most sought after art pieces in the world. You can go for antique ones as well as freshly painted ones. The miniature paintings are a treat to the eyes as they are a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajput influence. The paintings depict scenes of Mahabharata, Ramyana as well as tales of folk heroes. All these paintings are portrayed on a variety of materials like ivory, cotton, paper, and silk. Popular miniature painting styles that one can delve into are Mewar, Kota, Bundi, Marwar, Bikaner, and Jaipur styles.

6. Carpets

Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer manufacture the best dhurries or carpets in Rajasthan. Jazz up your interiors with ethnic designer carpets in a diverse range of geometric to floral patterns and in variety of materials such as wool, cotton yarn and camel hair. 

7. Metal Crafts

Adding a metal artefact to your room’s décor will automatically render a royal appeal to your home. Different styles of metal crafts are found in bright colours, striped patterns and traditional techniques. Tourists mostly purchase the popular metal crafts of Rajasthan, such as Bichi, Chikan and Maori.

8. Juttis or Mojaris

This strong and comfortable footwear are a delight to wear as they are made from pure leather. Different types of Jutti styles available in Jodhpur are chota panja, salem shahi, and gol-panja. The vibrant shades of Juttis attract everyone to purchase them. 

9. Stone Carvings

Rajasthan is already well known for its majestic forts and palaces with detailed carvings and sculptures. This legendary craft has been carried on in the form of various statues and other attractive items.

Wood Carving // Image Courtesy – Loupiote

10. Blue Pottery

The beautiful blue potteries certainly give royal vibes and can be presented to the loved ones. From bowls to vases, there are a variety of home décor and kitchen items made from the craft of blue pottery.  

11. Puppet Toys

Puppet dolls and toys are majorly spotted in roadside markets of Rajasthan. These puppet toys are made of wood, clay, stones and other materials. They can be used as decorative items by hanging or placing them in different parts of your home. Kathputli is a famous puppet craft of Rajasthan that is famous worldwide.

The above mentioned items are not just souvenirs from the city of the royals but also speak volume about the passion and love of artisans involved in the making. Thus, invest in your favourite artefacts and gift them to your loved ones or simply keep them with you.

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About Samiksha Dashora

To the new beginning from dusk to dawn of my time, I shall grow like forest fire. Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.

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