CLOSET travels JODHPUR

 

DSC_0080Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons . Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “ the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India.

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in forts. It is also the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, infact, in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. It is situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The Mehrangarh Fort can be reached from the city, 5 kms below, through a circular road.DSC_0084DSC_0734

Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. Its second gate still stands witness to canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals.DSC_0076 DSC_0696

Other attractions of Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan include several palaces inside the fort, with their sprawling and huge courtyards. One of the fort’s palaces, The Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace, has the royal throne of Jodhpur, the Sringar Chowki. The fort also has galleries, temples, etc. To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort is the Chhatri of a soldier, Kirat Singh Soda. It is the spot where he fell while defending the fort against the armies of Amber.DSC_0054

The Mehrangarh Fort, with its beauty, is the living proof of the hard work and skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors.

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The most interesting thing , I like about Rajasthan is their people and their attire. They have their own style of dress sense. As you can see in the above picture an old man with red turban has a style with simplicity.

And if you’re planning to visit the fort then you have to keep these things in mind.

Admissions Timings

Sunday–Saturday: 9:00 hrs.–17:00 hrs.

Note – The ticket sales close at 17:00 hrs. And on account of Jodhpur Foundation Day on 12th May entry for all guests is free, only elevator charges are applicable.

Ticket Prices
International Guests

Mehrangarh Museum: Rs 400

Jaswant Thada: Rs  30

Domestic Guest

Mehrangarh Museum: Rs 60

Jaswant Thada: Rs 15

So plan your trip to this beautiful city.

P.S. All pictures clicked by me, guided by my father photographer, from NIKON D90.

Indian Craft BANDHANI

   BANDHANI  in  Sikar and Mandawa

My main objective of posting this blog is to make aware people following western cultures in India that we Indians are far more better in textiles and it’s just that we do not cater branding in Indian craft clusters because of which they are not a worldwide brand but are very rich in their own skills. So before new year , I went to these 2 villages of Rajasthan where, I met skilled artisans of Bandhani craft and learned from them, that how do they actually make it with their hands. It was really interesting learning with them and I think we all should know about it in My Blog.

P.S- All the pictures are Captured by myself.

Tehsil galli in Sikar and Leelgharon ka mohalla In Mandawa , Rajasthan.

The art of Bandhani is a highly skilled process. The technique involves dyeing a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points, thus producing a variety of patterns like Chandrakala, Bavan Baug, Shikari etcetera; depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. The main colours used in Bandhani are yellow, red, blue, green and black.The main colours used in Bandhani are natural. As Bandhani is a tie and dye process, dying is done by hand and hence best colours and combinations are possible in Bandhanis.SSE_6104

TECHNIQUES: Tools –

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The Needle

                                   

               

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Printing block , Traditionally called as ‘CHAAP”.

                                                  

       PROCESS :

  • The area is first dyed with blocks using fugitive colours. Then place a needle under the fabric, which has pin holes over this area of the fabric and using fugitive colours transfer an imprint of the desired pattern onto the fabric.
  • The material generally used is thin woven silk known as georgette or a cotton known as mamal.
  • The artisans then pulls on a small area of the fabric where there is an imprint of hole with needle and winds thread tightly around the protruding cloth to form a knot or bhindi. The thread generally used is nylon thread.
  • After tying the knots the fabric is thoroughly washed to remove the imprint. The cloth is then dipped in napthol for five minutes and dyed in yellow or another light color for two minutes.
  • Next it is rinsed, squeezed, dried and then tied again and dipped in a darker color. This is kept for three to four hours (without opening the knots) to allow the color to soak in. During this process the small area beneath the thread resists the dye leaving an undyed dot. This is usually carried out in several stages starting with a light color like yellow, then after tying some more knots a darker color is used and so on.
  • After the last dyeing process has been completed the fabric is washed and if necessary, starched. After the fabric is dried, its folds are pulled apart in a particular way releasing the knots and revealing their pattern. The result is a usually deep colored cloth with dots of various colours forming a pattern.
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Lady Coloring before tying.
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Tying Threads after coloring.

The colors commonly used in bandhni are – · red, a symbol of marriage · saffron, a color worn by yogi who has renounced the world · yellow, which stands for spring · black and maroon, used for mourning. India has a diverse and rich textile tradition which is known for its beauty and durability. These textiles are highly appreciated all over the world and considered as prestigious possession by one and all. Bandhani work involves tying and dyeing of pieces of cotton or silk cloth. The main colours used in Bandhani are yellow, red, green and black. Bandhani work, after the processing is over, results into a variety of symbols including, dots, squares, waves and strips. The main colours used in Bandhani are natural.

 

 

 

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Kept for drying after coloring and tying process.
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Dying fabric

 

Orange Bloom

SSS_2734 GOODBYE OLD WORLD FASHION

In the world of fashion, there’s a common pre-conceived notion. That if it’s fashionable, it’s got to be uncomfortable. High heels. Uptight hairdos. Stifling make-up. Fabric that closes in on you.

But what if we tell you that you don’t have to choose style over comfort? That fashion can be friendly? That you no longer have to check every mirror you pass by?

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GOOD FOR YOU. AND MOTHER NATURE TOO.

LIVA is made from natural fibres which are produced from wood pulp, a natural renewable resource. The pulp used is from trees which are specifically grown for this purpose i.e. more new trees are planted than trees are cut. It gives the earth a much-needed green cover, saves 6-7 times more land in comparison to cotton, and saves 3-4 times more water than usual.

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Stores to find LIVA

You can find it in Global Desi,FBB, Allen Solly Lifestyle, Van Heusen etc. search for the LIVA tag.

I am wearing LIVA  tunic from FBB and Jegging pants from Allen Solly.

Find it Near you in Lifestyle end of season sale.

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