Textiles of Rajasthan

Textile is one of the most particular and specific expressions of that nations culture and heritage. In villages of Rajasthan, textile traditions, learned via a costume tradition and spanning countless generations.

The glory of Rajasthan, apart from the bravery of its Rajput rulers, forts, and royalty, is also associated with the production of color fabrics in the Maru-Gurjar tradition since ancient times. Their sense of color-aesthetics has led to the use of colors and motifs intended for different occasions.

There are regional variations too, in western Rajasthan, Garasia women wear Garasion ki phag, a veil with a yellow ground and red border, and a large round in the centre. Mina women wear dhaniya chunari while Gujar women prefer rati chunri, and a Malan wears a ghaghara or skirt of asmani, dhani and chakari farad or yardage.

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About Rajasthan

India’s westernmost state, created in 1949 formerly known as Rajputana is also one of the most colorful part of India . The area is diagonally divided by the Aravali hills, the area to the northwest is a largely taken up by desert where drought and famine are constant threats.Rajasthan

In spite of sterile land it is frequently described as ‘colorful’ or ‘vibrant’: epithets that spring not from any natural luxuriance but rather from the traditional way of life and, in particular ,the brilliant costumes of Rajasthanies, which enliven the desert landscape and relieve the monotony of the sand, rock and scrubby trees.

In contrast to the predominant white clothing of the lush green areas of the southern and western India, in Rajasthan the glowing red and yellow odanies or turban is valued as an affirmation of life in the face of hardship and deprivation of the most basic kind.

In total the production of Textiles accounts 21.96 % in the state. Out of 862 spinning mills in India, 69 spinning mills are in Rajasthan.


Rajasthani Mela
Rajasthani Textiles and dresses
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Direcrorate College Education, Rajasthan
University Grant Commession, New Delhi