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Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition/ Rajasthan Heritage Week

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Rajasthan Heritage Week is another new age festival quite like the Jaipur Literature Festival and  Jaipur Art Summit,  showcased for the first time in 2015 in Jaipur.  Rajasthan Heritage Week is a joint effort  of Khadi board & Government of Rajasthan along with Prasad Bidapa Associates. This event aims to promote handmade products especially Khadi and handloom  manufactured in Rajasthan. The show has generated some buzz in the niche segments primarily because the top fashion designers of India are associated with it. Designers associated with Rajasthan Heritage Week include Abraham and Thakore, Rohit Bal, Raghvendra Rathore, Ritu Kumar, Bibi Russell to name a few . The event has garnered  highlight in the local media because of  many  ongoing fashion shows by the celebrity designers.

I visited an ongoing exhibition held under the Rajasthan Heritage Week  “Handmade in Rajasthan“. This exhibition aims at promoting local weavers, handloom & khadi products  in all forms – fabrics, garments & accessories.

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Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition/ Rajasthan Handloom

The venue of Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition was Hotel Diggi Palace. Diggi Palace is a popular landmark in Jaipur being the hosting venue of the world-famous Jaipur Literature Festival.

Here are a few pictures from Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition.

All pictures have been captured with a smartphone.

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Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition at Diggi Palace, Jaipur

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Buyers inspecting products on display at one of the booths at Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition/ Rajasthan Heritage Week, Jaipur

Charkha, which Mahatma Gandhi popularized a great deal, was also on display at the venue. It also symbolizes the Khadi movement in India and continues to be used as a logo for Khadi products.

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Charkha on display at Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition.

Apart from the booths displaying their wares, live craft demonstration also took place at the  exhibition.

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Lac bangle making at HIR exhibition, Jaipur
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Lac (wax) bangle making live set up at Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition, Jaipur
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Customer buying Lac bangle from the Manihar woman of live Lac bangle making booth at HIR exhibition Jaipur

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Apart from live Lac bangle making, visitors were encouraged to try their hand at block printing. Jaipur is famous for  organic block printing which takes place at  Sanganer and Bagru. These cotton printed fabrics are famous  across the globe.

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Try your hands at block printinge!

A sample block printed fabric was pinned to the board once it was complete for everyone to see!

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Block printed sample board at HIJ exhibition, Jaipur

Loved these colorful chappals (slipper) at the exhibition !

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Ensembles by Abraham and Thakore

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The exhibition also had furniture and artifacts on display.

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The Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition is a step in the right direction. Although there were not many buyers due to low awareness and recent demonetization of high value currency notes, the exhibition looks promising. Probably involving lot more weavers in this exhibition directly will add  more value to everyone – exhibition, weavers and visitors. Here are two more pictures of the venue – The Diggi Palace reveling in the light!

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62 thoughts on “Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition/ Rajasthan Heritage Week

  1. Wow!! What a tempting place to be! This reminded me of the time I stood in the souvenir shop of a Kumbhalgarh resort. It had such a large variety of colourful ethnic things. And I had limited amount to spend. But none the less I examined and enjoyed looking at everything. Till date Rajasthan is true to its name.

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      1. Will be there somewhere in March/April.

        But to fulfil the bigger agenda, i’ll be there for a well planned trip. Want to see the places I have read about in historical poems. But few trips are never enough for a place as marvellous as Rajasthan. Every corner of it holds a story of valour, devotion and magnificence.

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    1. Its important to preserve our heritage. Capitalism has been ruthless to art, culture and architecture. In order to create bigger market, they have been successful at promoting and selling homogeneous materials which can be sold across the world. Result? we have similar building and fashion in New York, Bangkok, Mumbai, London….
      Now compare same cities 100 years ago…distinct culture, clothes, food, architecture..While some people may be happy at uniformity, I consider it as a loss of individuality!

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    1. Mick I don’t visit even 10 percent of exhibitions that take place in Jaipur. I only manage to visit some on the weekends. Festivals? Well i’m sure you know it better since you’ve stayed in India for quite some years Mick!
      Jaipur is very active on art and cultural scene too apart from so many festivals that we celebrate here. Mick unlike other bloggers which make it a point to visit every event and document it, just doesn’t work for me. I don’t think I can do things like a journalist does!

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    1. Rajasthan is associated with colors, keeping that as a differentiation most modern/ new age festivals ensure that vibrant colors are used in decoration and set-up. Check out my post on Jaipur Literature Festival, as well!

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  2. Arv Jaipur, Rajastha has a lot of exhibits, no wonder it has a lot of historical touch and nice to see the lac making live. Wish I could go to such an exhitbition sometimes. It’s been long since I have been to any exhibitions. Liked it a lot.
    Meena

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    1. Meena, I think you should plan a trip to Jaipur. There is a lane in old walled city part of Jaipur where you can experience lac bangle making. Although exhibitions like these have a different atmosphere which is hard to replicate elsewhere, but its next best alternative. I’m sure living away from India must be difficult if you like to have such experiences. Anyways, December and January is a good period to visit Rajasthan! 🙂

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      1. Oh the reader! Sorry – I have seen that once one goes self hosted, comments are not on the reader but the post. Cos this is WP, you see the post in reader. 🙂 Hard I know but happy to know you were around and tried. Thank you and I appreciate the gesture.

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  3. Arv, I don’t know how I missed this post but I’m glad I found it! 🙂 I REALLY LOVE this outdoor market, it’s the kind of thing I could spend hours in wandering around and taking in all the sights! The colors are so awesome and it kind of reminds me of Dili Haat in New Delhi, have you been there before? I will have to visit Jaipur one day, so many things to discover all because of your blog and pictures! 🙂

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    1. Jennifer I’m happy that you found an instant connect with this one. I haven’t been to Dilli haat in spite of spending many months on various occasions. But I have seen pictures, so I know what you’re referring to. I’m sure you’ll make it to Jaipur very soon 🙂

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  4. What an amazing place to visit, with so many gorgeous goods on offer – and everything is so colourful! Your photos are wonderful, so your Smart phone is a great asset. Thank you for sharing this, Arv. Jaipur is evidently the place to go for festivals and markets.

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    1. The art and culture scene is quite active here in Jaipur Millie. Such events take place every now and then. I’m not a great proponent of smartphone photography but one needs to go with the times Millie. Is Lincoln – where you live, active town as far as culture is concerned?

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    1. Your guess is correct, this exhibition aims at certain section of the society. There are many other exhibitions here where the artisans and villagers sell directly to the customers. They are quite popular. The government too provides assistance by way of bearing the entire cost of exhibition and providing free accommodation. There’s certainly some uniqueness in handmade products. 🙂

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      1. Ha ha! The biggest difference is that for one to buy here, the product has to.be just wow else how do you justify the price! In the other case, you don’t have to think much.

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