At the heart of Rajasthan’s trade and commerce is the booming textile industry which over the last few decades has grown leaps and bounds. While Bhilwara and Kishangarh are the major power loom centres in the state, Jodhpur, Pali, Sanganer and Kota are better known for their traditional handloom weaving along with fabric dyeing and block printing. An integral part of their culture, Handloom weaving in these places is as old as civilization itself and the loom holds an important position in their social and economic lives.The variety of handloom sarees found in Rajasthan is incomparable to any other state in the country. Connoisseurs of handloom weaving, complicated pitloom weaving, complex and laborious tie and dye technique or intricate and time consuming block printing, the deft weavers of Rajasthan have been there and done that.
Known as thehandloom hub of the country, Rajasthan exhibits a vast range of talent in its handloom weaves. On one hand if it exhibits the fine art of tie and dye that results in brightly colored sarees with distinctive patterns known as Bandhejsarees andleheriyasareesthat are characterized by their wavy patterns and distinctive bright colors, on the other hand it showcasesthe finest block prints pressed in sequence over hand-woven silk-cotton and cotton sareescalled Bagru print sareesthatare downright masterpieces. And then there are Kota silk and Kota cotton sarees from Kota, Rajasthan that are woven on traditional pit loom and are delectably soft and sheer textured. The other variant of Kota sarees is Kota Doriasarees that are super transparent, light textured and weightless and are swankier with the use of real zari motifs in their weave. All this and more just goes to prove that Rajasthan is truly the land of infinite colors and extensive talent.