Kapoors Year 2: China/India/Japan travel blog

Ceramic Drawer Pulls

Colourful Turbans - The Patterns and Colours Tell Us Something About The...

A Turban Is Opened To Its Full Nine Yards Length

These Bangles Are Made By Wrapping Silk Threads Around A Soft Core

Handmade Leather Shoes - Jutees

Leather Books Of All Sizes - They Are Filled With Handmade Paper

Carved Wooden Figures Of Rajasthani Men

Wall Hanging Made From Used Pieces Of Mirror Work Adornments

Woven Wool Decorated With Embroidery and Colourful Buttons

Traditional Rajasthani Puppets

This Puppet Has A Long Golden Sword

Not Sure What These Balls Are For But I Loved The Materials...

Indian Drums - Tablas

Bags Made Of Fine-Grain Camel Leather

A Modern Adaptation - These Bags Are Now Used For Water Bottles

A Closer Look At The Embroidery On The Leather

Intricate Weaving On This Large Blanket

A Rajasthani Outfit Scaled Down For A Small Child - So Cute

Elaborate Machine Embroidery

A Combination Of Hand And Machine Embroidery

A Stunning Pillow Cover Embroidered With Wool

This Sari Is Embroidered With Metallic Threads

Here Is The Mirror Work That Rajasthan Is Famous For

These Garments Are Decorated With Mirrors and Shells

Another Example Of The Piece Work Wall Hangings

The Hangings Are Available In Every Shade Of The Rainbow

This Shade Of Bright Pink Is Seen Everywhere In Rajasthan

These Caps Incorporate Pieces Of Traditional Fabrics

This Woman's Head Covering Is Typical Tie-Dyed Fabric

These Articles Are Decorated With Tie-Dyed Dots That Form Patterns On The...

Block Printed Fabric In Traditional Style

Tie-Dyed Fabric - Small Dots Are Left Without Colour To Form The...

Now Some Fabrics Are Printed And Then Hand Stitched To Enhance The...

A Colourful Pillow Made From Several Different Embroidery Styles

These Hassocks Are Alive With Bright Synthetic Colours

Jaipur Is Known For Its Precious And Semi-Precious Stones

I Photographed The Jewellery Through The Shop Windows

Amazing Gold Filigree Work On This Necklace

Another Example Of The Stone Work Done In Jaipur

It Seemed No Two Necklaces Were Alike

Silver Removed From Old Sari Fabric And Resold To A Jeweller

Colourful Bangles To Accent Colourful Clothing

Printed Elephants On A Sari Border

Another Sari Made From A Sheer Fabric

Hand Embroidered Beadwork On A Sari

Several Inexpensive Saris In Different Colours With Tie Dye Patterns - Everyday...

Metallic Threads Sewn On A Tie Die Sari

A Traditional Lamp Decorated With Glass Tiles


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KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

Rajasthan is a shopper’s paradise with an amazing range of crafts and textiles. I have taken photos of many of the eye-catching work of this most colourful part of India and hope that I can give you a sense of how the bright colours stand out against the simple background of the rock and sand landscape.

Jaipur is famous for precious and semi-precious stones. If you venture into the small back lanes you can see the stones being cut and polished. Meenakari, highly glazed enamel work, is another a Jaipur specialty. The Johari Bazaar is bursting with fabrics – primarily cotton. In the Kishanpol Bazaar tie-dye (bandhani) is everywhere. One also sees block prints, blue pottery and antiques.

The clothing of the Rajasthanis tells a great deal about the wearer. Turbans (different styles known as safas, paags, pagris), skirts (lehangas or ghagharas) and headscarves (ornis or dupattas) abound. The turban colour may signify caste, religion and occasion. Rajputs (Hindus) traditionally wear saffron, signifying chivalry. Brahmins (also Hindus) wear pink; Dalits (formerly known as the ‘untouchables’ wear brown) and nomads wear black. Multi-coloured turbans are for festivals. The way a turban is tied further indicates the wearer’s social class and origin.

People living in Rajasthan know the colours and patterns at a glance. However, an outsider can easily get it wrong guessing at details about a person’s origins and status by what is worn. White, grey, black or blue turbans are worn by Hindus to signify sadness, but these colours are also worn by Muslims.

Hindus believe some shades of blue, green and white to be mournful colours, they tend to be worn by widows, while wives and single women wear more cheery pinks, reds and yellows in the most astonishing combinations. A woman’s clothing can embody more signals - one red and yellow combination may only be worn by women who’ve borne a son.

Hindu women in Rajasthan often announce their marital status as well – by wearing chudas (arm bangles), bichiyas (toe rings) and a dash of vermillion in their hair parting.

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