Rajasthan Heritage Week is another new age festival of Jaipur quite like the Jaipur Literature Festival and Jaipur Art Summit, showcased for the first time in 2015. Rajasthan Heritage Week is a joint effort of the 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.
Here are a few pictures from Handmade in Rajasthan exhibition.
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.
Apart from the booths displaying their wares, live craft demonstration also took place at the exhibition.
Apart from the 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.
A sample block printed fabric was pinned to the board once it was complete for everyone to see!
I loved these colorful chappals (slipper) at the exhibition!
The exhibition also had furniture and artifacts on display.
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!