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Age-old dyeing traditions of Bandhej & Leheriya are true reflections of Rajasthani heritage

Hailed as a part of the oldest surviving tie and dye traditions of the world, Bandhej and Leheriya are techniques of patterning fabrics by tying parts of them in different ways, that prevents the penetration of dyes. Over time, cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur have become major commercial centres for the sale of such clothing items, especially sarees, that are dyed in this manner. Let's take a look at the inception and technique of these Rjasthani craft forms that are famous across India for their vibrant hues and stylistic patterns.

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Architectural majesty of Jaipur's Jawahar Kala Kendra caters perfectly to armchair astronomers

A well-perceived centre for art and related activities, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) of Jaipur was established in 1993 to address the need for incubating and nurturing artists and their creations. It is a spectacular stage that promotes classical and folk traditions, thereby, catering to the modern demand of preserving traditions while furthering innovations. Let's embark upon a leisurely virtual stroll through the corridors of JKK to appreciate some of the aesthetic nuances that it wishes to acquaint us with!

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Unfolding how Jaipur became the hub for dhurrie weaving in Rajasthan!

Stella Kramrisch, an art historian writes, "In the Rig Veda and the Upanishads, the universe is envisioned as a fabric woven by gods." Hence, the tradition and importance of the wholeness of a large piece of fabric, like a saree or carpet, becomes quite obvious in India. Thereby, such garment pieces grace the household of a commoner and the palace of kings, alike!

The Pink City has been a major sourcing centre for the flatwoven fabrics called dhurries (durrie/dari), which add to the rich artistic heritage of this city. Come along with us as we chronicle a few facts about this aesthetic tradition of Jaipur!

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