Rajasthani Handicrafts: An ideal for Perfection

Rajasthani Handicrafts are one of the main Handicrafts of India. Their demand and supply are thus very high providing immense satisfaction to whoever buys it. The exports of Rajasthani Handicrafts in 2019-2020 crossed over $100 million. But do you know how these handicrafts have gained so much momentum and popularity? 

The Handicrafts industry in India has a history of around 5000 years. 5000 years ago these handicrafts were initially crafted and from then till now they have been in demand. But the only bad phase for the Rajasthani Handicrafts came when the Britishers started ruling in India. They literally destroyed the demand for Handicrafts. 

Let’s start with a story here, around 5000 years back handicraft items were invented. There was a man who used to do farming. All day he used to spend on farms to feed himself and his family members. But other than farming he had an interest in developing unique things with any sort of colors, paper, stone, etc. He used to create different things using whatever he got. The villagers were also amused as he had this extraordinary talent. Then one day as he was free and designing some unique decorative pieces using stones on his farm, a visitor who was just passing by the town came to him and asked him what he was making. The farmer politely answered that nothing this is just a time pass for him. 

The visitor was really very surprised by the art and he immediately decided to purchase that unique piece. Listening to this the farmer was very happy and he quickly sold what he was making. Then the farmer again shifted to his everyday routine. The farmer did the same thing every day and he kept on inventing unique things. After years of this incident, the man who purchased that item again returned to his village in search of this man, but this time there were many more people with him. He asked for the farmer from other farmers in the village. One man told the visitor that he will find him at this particular place. The man went there with a group of people and met the farmer. The farmer was happily surprised to see that man after a long time. The visitor introduced the farmer to all of his friends and he told him that they all liked his art and were willing to purchase it. The farmer was very happy and he quickly sold all these items to them. After this incident, the farmer got the idea of starting a business by creating handmade items and selling them in different villages. 

This is how the foundation of Indian Handicrafts Industry was formed. Slowly that farmer increased his work by sharing his art with other people. And gradually the Handicrafts Industry came into being. 

You might have also heard of the civilizations like Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, these beautiful civilizations were so famous because of the Handicraft items. Kings from different parts of the world visited these places just for the Handicrafts. The export of handicraft items from India was very high in the initial times and that’s why India was known as the Golden Bird. 

The kings of that time used to decorate their huge palaces using beautiful Handicrafts and thus those kings who visited them found the handicraft items very exclusive. The artisans at that time prospered as the demand for Handicrafts kept on increasing and increasing. There were a lot of exports from India to almost all parts of the world. 

But as time passed this industry also started facing issues and there was a time when the handicrafts industry was almost shut down. The Britishers were just jealous of these handicraft items. As they came to rule India, the demand for Handicrafts decreased. The Britishers did not impose any tax on the goods that they were importing from England as those were their items manufactured in the British industries. Thus, those machine-made products without any tax were comparatively cheaper than the handicrafts products that were handmade and imposed a heavy duty on their export. Thus, people started shifting from handmade products to machine-made products as they were cheaper. And accordingly, the demand for handicraft items reduced in India and even in different countries. Many artisans had to shut down their industries and thus these all added to the downfall of Handicrafts in India. 

But as soon as the Britishers left India, the demand for these Handicraft items again increased and then this Industry again started to gain momentum. And this was the rise of Rajasthani Handicrafts. 

Rajasthan is a magical journey filled with ancient culture, natural beauty, and rich heritage. Rajasthan is a vibrant and exotic state where tradition meets royalty in a kaleidoscope of colors set against barren lands. Rajasthan is also known as the land of forts, kings’ and queens’ palaces, lakes, and dunes. Its magnificent Havelis, resorts, music, dance, art & craft, and natural resources draw thousands of tourists from all over the world. Rajasthan’s history and culture are so deeply ingrained in the land that each village has its own tales of bravery. Rajasthan has something for everyone. Rajasthan bazaars are brimming with beautiful items such as Rajasthan handicrafts, Gems & Stones, Blue Pottery, Juttis, meenakari & Kundan jewelry, marble statues, sculptures, and more.

Beautiful wooden work is another well-known Rajasthani handicraft. Rajasthani artisans carve elaborate designs on tables, chairs, jewelweed boxes, bajots and chowkis, boxes, cabinets, mirror and picture frames, doors, windows, and other items. Amazing Rajasthan Wooden Handicrafts can be purchased in Jodhpur and Kishangarh. Other well-known Rajasthani handicrafts include red terracotta pottery, Bikaner pottery, blue pottery crafts, ivory bangles, and feather-soft and feather-light quilts (razai). These dynamic handicraft items reflect Rajasthan’s true tradition, culture, and royal splendor. Thus, Rajasthani handicrafts are the best and ideal for perfection. 

Rajasthani handicrafts have a long history, from adorning the beauty of the home to serving as gifts. Therefore, don’t forget to carry these exquisite handicrafts home with you whenever you visit Rajasthan. 

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