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Lacquer Bangles of Rajasthan:
Lacquer : The auspicious material
Lacq is chemically an inert material which has no reaction with human skin. This has low melting point and is highly malleable thus suitable for making ornaments. The material is integral part of hindu ritual system. Lacquer bangles are given to brides at time of marriage which she continues wear throughout her life as a symbol of marriage. Traditional design has stones studded over them to reflect away any bad energies, keeps ill-omen away and maintains positive aura around the person wearing it.
Bangles: Contemporizing the design
With changing lifestyles and dressing sense, new designs have to be developed that can match modern aesthetics yet maintaining the beauty and symbolism of the traditional ornaments. Crafting Nuru Schools train the rural traditional artisans in design and helps them reach larger market.
Toffee wrapper with stones
Toffee wrapper simple elegance
Traditional Stone Studded
Artisans roll the lacquer with their hands while it’s still hot and cut them manually to make bangles. Once the basic ring is made, they further cut various designs by using hands or any available objects like comb, metal strips or develop a mould to engrave a design. Stones are studded generally by women at home, again re-heating and manually putting each stone on the bangles. After all this effort, its difficult for rural craftsmen to reach the right market and have to sell their products to middle-men at less price.
We bring the bangles directly from craftsmen at the price they deserve and help them reach the right market.
Kota Doria Sarees, Stoles and Dupattas of Rajasthan:
Kota Doria Fabric:
This Fabric is woven in a small village ‘Kaithoon’ in Kota district of Rajasthan in India. Kota doria is a handloom fabric with hand-spun cotton warp and silk weft. It has a unique checked texture, translucent look and 100% air pass quality which keeps body cool and makes it highly popular fabric for summers.
In weaving with designs – real gold and silver threads (real Jari) is used. Historically Kota doria sarees have been used by royal family and Nobility of Rajasthan at various occasions. However due to the power-loom copies with plastic jari, the weavers of Kota are facing cut throat competition.wires are used called ‘real jari’ to make intricate patterns. Resham work is also popular for making patterns.
The real jari thread is too delicate and can only be used in hand-looms and the thread breaks in power-loom.
Understanding the importance and state of this handloom craft, Government of India has provided Kota doria fabric Geographic Indication status.
We work with individual weavers from Kota with 1 – 2 looms at their homes and help their product reach the right market.
Click on the link: Kota doria samples to see larger range of our product samples.