In Rajasthan, design is everywhere

At Rasa at Rambagh Palace, block printing is done the old-fashioned way with handmade wooden blocks, but the effect on their clothes and fabrics is very modern – all clean lines, flowing silhouettes and striking colors. Manish and Madhu Tibrewal, life and business partners, have been honing their craft for over two decades, employing a team of mostly local women to create beautiful sarees, pillows and bedding. Some intricate saree patterns are inspired by the wooden screens of the jaali windows of Mughal and Rajput homes, while the cushion covers feature overlapping wave patterns. Website

Run by the Lady Bamford Foundation, Nila House’s mission is to support local artisans using ancient techniques, in particular the natural indigo dye of dabu, which is not only part of Indian heritage but is safer to use. than most synthetic dyes that have surpassed it. . It also supports responsible cotton cultivation, hand weaving and hand spinning on the charkha. Two-tone products are more minimalist than most Rajasthani designs – almost Japanese in feel – but tablecloths with 60 unique floral prints nonetheless reference local symbolism, as do double-heart sarees and napkins with splashes of dye indigo inspired by the breaking of water. Website

Dishes at Nila HouseAshish Sahi

At Narain Niwas Palace in Jaipur, Jaimini Handicrafts specializes in modern miniature paintings, an art form loved by Mughals. Jaimini uses local artists, who paint on handmade purana paper. Their art could directly exploit the Mughal era with depictions of courtship and dating scenes or have more contemporary interpretations of parrots, tigers or blue lilies. “We encourage our artists to remain open to styles and influences, as long as the art is rooted in tradition,” says shop owner Manjot Singh. “We think this art form can still feel contemporary.” Website

Acclaimed, self-taught artist Shan Bhatnagar brings his devotion to Lord Krishna to his contemporary pichwai art and work as an interior designer. The 400-year-old pichwai temple art developed in Nathdwara, near Udaipur. A pichwai painting illustrates the myths around Shrinathji, avatar of Krishna. Shan evokes the moods of traditional pichwai while replacing the natural dyes and acrylics on fabric traditionally used with oil paints on canvas. He also occasionally embellishes the works with zardozi embroidery, semi-precious stones, and even thikri, the glass mosaic that once created mirrored palace halls. instagram

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