jaipur heritage building

Pillars….Heritage…Araish!

I’m posting a picture clicked in the old city area (popularly called walled city) of Jaipur.

jaipur heritage
Araish work & Pillars inside heritage building, Jaipur

The arch and pillars in this picture reminds me of the old buildings in the walled city especially the ones in Johari Bazar. This is a  typical architectural style common across the heritage havelis & buildings in city area of Jaipur.

The black border on the wall (in background) is reminiscent of the great workmanship of the bygone era. The surface finishing technique used in the floor and wall using lime, was unique in this region and is called Araish (plaster technique). It replicates the finish found in the white marble, specially the one originating from the Makrana region in Rajasthan. It’s hard to reproduce Araish work  now because of lack of skilled workmen and the cost involved. The restoration of heritage buildings with Araiash work is therefore a big challenge.

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