The glittering sophistication of Gota Patti July 14, 2016 19:38
The glittering sophistication of Gota Patti
Gota Patti work, the symbol of royal elegance for centuries in Rajasthan and a favorite of brides around the country, gives anyone adorning it a sheer sense of joy and pride. Historically called and even today Gota Patti work is also known as Aari tari or Zardozi.
Gotta is the Indian term referring to a thin ribbon made of gold, silver or metal thread and Patti is a fabric which runs like a lace and has designs and motifs on it.
Originating from Rajasthan, it is common part of folklore in their daily wear, and from there many designers have picked up to bring to you the best of such a rustic and true craft which is to make anyone happy.
Gota patti is basically metallic, lustrous and bright embroidery crafted through the applique technique woven first as strips of silver, gold or other colorful ribbons of varied width. It is our own indigenous textile culture whose adornment gives you a sense of romancing the glorious past.
Base fabric and techniques
Various types of the base fabrics are used for applique work like georgette, chiffon in solid dyed, block printed, tie and dye fabric. The cloth work is generally fully complete before gota patti work begins on each fabric.
Gota patti is generally popular for stoles, turban edges, lehengas, kurtis, saree and even men’s kurtis and angrakhas. In case of gotta patti, embroidery metal strands are passed through the needle in fabric all the way through chain stitch. The single metal wire called "badla", wound on threads called "kesav", bring up the most beautiful works of fabric. Polyester ribbons are commonly used for appliqué work. It is moisture resistant, cost effective and durable
An artist’s work
Artisans work very hard to bring out the delight of Rajasthan in the form of beautiful gota patti works. The common materials used in this are -
Wooden frame: The Gota Patti work is done on Wooden or metallic frames which are also called adda over which base fabric is put tightly to provide uniform tension and that prevents pattern distortion and eases the work on fabric
Needle: Awe or ari needle used for the process is a variety of the one used for crochet works too.
Other materials: like some stones and beads can also be incorporated in the process, and now a days many combinations of threads and ribbons make up the fabric even more attractive and eye catching. The other materials used with Gota Patti are dory, sitara, beads, sequins, stones etc.
Designs and Motifs
Designs and motifs for all gotta patti works is inspired from nature and its surroundings. In the technique of gota tukdi , gota is cut into shapes such as the flowers, mango, and some animal motifs as elephant, camel, horse, peacock, parrot, sparrow. Geometric patterns and designs are also very common and are popular in this eye feasting tradition. Gota patti work involves the folding of these pattis designs or embroided and combining them to create elaborate motifs and patterns that are sewn onto turbans, garments, baskets and various other objects. Though fabric one is the epitome of all the craftsmanship.
Your wardrobe is incomplete without gota patti collection. It is the favorite among all traditional embroidery collections and suits all ages and body types. Give yourself the right to luxury with the most fascinating historic embellishments in your clothing.You can even shop some beautiful gotta suits and kurtis on our website www.theloom.in
5 must visit places in Jaipur July 14, 2016 19:31
Pink city, also called the city of extremes, at it has all that it takes to take your experiences to the extremes of hospitality, taste and adventure. The capital of a land rich famous for its splendor, art, history and culture has allured us all for ages. But what does this mesmerizing city hold the most special in itself? Let’s take a little digital tour here of the things you should never miss in Jaipur next time you are here.
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The most famous of all forts in India, is one of the finest examples of architectural marvel. Open from 9 am to 5:30 pm the fort opens its gates for all visitors. Suraj Pole, the sun facing royal entrance to the fort, is one of the classic blends of Hindu and Mughal architecture. An elephant ride up to Amber Fort is an experience in itself and also provides a livelihood to absolute must. It’s an exhilarating experience to ride up along the cobbled path to the magnificent Fort astride an equally majestic elephant. Watching the Light and Sound Show at the Amber Fort is also a great way to spend an evening in Jaipur.
Abhaneri or PannaMeenakaKund
PannaMeenaKaKund, also known as Abhaneri or PannaMian Ki Baoli, is an eight storey step well. Built in the 16th century, by Gurjarpratihar king SamratMihirBhoj, the sight storey well has criss-cross steps arranged on three sides with small niches created into the walls. Not only did the step well served as a source of water, it was also the place of community gathering where people would come to chat. Relax or swim in the cool waters. Due to its architectural splendor and its intricate unique design, it is now one of the most visited tourist spots in and around Jaipur.
Do take a walking tour of Hawelis that have stood time and yet kept the richness alive. This is the best way to explore traditions of this walled city, and experience the life of local communities, their religious practices, food and daily habits. The Hawelis are no less an architectural wonder, and offer the ambience of the rustic heritage. It’s a walk to remember.
One of the major attractions and picturesque landmarks of this heritage city is HawaMahal. This five-storey beautiful palace built of red and pink sandstone was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. Its beauty and attraction mainly comes from its pyramid shape and the 953 windows or 'Jharokhas' which are decorated with intricate designs. They were made to facilitate the royal women and provide them a view of everyday life through the windows, as they were never allowed to appeared in public.The palace is beautiful and a must visit if you’re in Jaipur.
JantarMantar is an astronomical observatory site built in the early 18th century, it is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments among others. It was designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is one of the most well preserved historic observatories and is now one of the world heritage sites. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period - Maharaja Jai Singh
Shoppers Paradise in Pink City
Many markets are famous for their unique products and crafts in this city –
- Johari Bazaar is the place to shop from for wedding lehengas with tie and dye, hand embroidery, mirror and kundan work to delicate and dazzling pieces of jewelry.
- A walk in Bapu Bazaar gives the feel and essence of historic pink city.
- Nehru Bazaar offers exquisite perfumes, pottery and textiles to trinkets and traditional jootis,
- Kishanpol Bazaar where you can test your bargaining skills to strike a good deal for all kinds of traditional Rajisthani products.
- Tripolia Bazaar is the one for our favorite clothing, rich textiles and crafts.
- I. Road has the Emporia Complex where you can buy decorative and traditional artwork for your home. The huge array of clothes, jewelry, textiles, carpets, artifacts and ornamented handicrafts available here is fascinating.
So your trip to the majestic historic city that breathes crafts is surely incomplete without visiting these lovely shopping paradises. You won't resist coming home with your hands full of shopping bags and heart full of happiness!
Get an intriguing, culturally rich, colorful and vibrant holiday this time in Jaipur. A destination which you haven’t yet added to your bucket list, then its surely missing something.
Also, you can shop the beautiful products of Jaipur on our website www.theloom.in
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