Meenakari jewellery

The gorgeous meenakari craft is used to make decorative products like jewellery boxes, idols, dining sets, trays, bowls, key chains etc. The artisans that produce meenakari work are called meenakars and their craft is passed on from one generation to another.

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Meenakari jewellery

Carpet-weaving

Carpets of Rajasthan are famous for their fine-quality hand-knotted woollen fibres. Ever since the weavers of Afghanistan popularised the art of carpet weaving in the 17th century, these carpets have become quite appealing with their cheerful colours and geometric patterns finding their way into showrooms around the world. They are available in both cotton and silk fabric and traditional carpets of Rajasthan follow mehrab, charkona, dushala, and shikar patterns. One can also find carpets designed in Indo-Persian and Indo-Kerman styles. Rajasthan is the leading producer of wool in India, which makes carpet making a popular craft in the rural areas of Bikaner. The modern carpets made in Rajasthan follow Persian patterns and designs that are usually based on hunting or romantic scenes drawn from Persian poetry. The most popular type of carpet in Rajasthan is, however, the humble durrie, which is usually adorned with geometrical and floral patterns in bright colours.

Carpet-weaving

Mojris

Mojris are the traditional footwear of the people of Rajasthan and are worn by both men and women. Travellers can find mojri stores in every Rajasthani city. However, Bikaneri mojri, is particularly exquisite and is made exclusively from leather obtained from camels. Camel leather mojris or jutis are available in different colours and are embellished with artistic embroideries. They are incredibly sturdy and long lasting. The best place to shop for some mojris is the bustling King Edward Memorial (KEM) Road market, which is lined with stores selling a wide range of beautifully designed mojris.

Mojris