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India is positioned at a strategic location on the world map. Historically, it has been like a meeting place for the East and the West with the ongoing trade. Therefore, it has suffered the brunt of several foreign invasions and colonial dominion on itself. However, India is never known to produce conquerors like Napoleon or Hitler but leaders and saints like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda. With their non-violent preaching and methods of struggle, India achieved independence from the shackles of the foreign rule.


With a characteristic of a sponge, India has always been with a receiving and absorbing tendency. The cultural and spiritual literacy upheld with utmost significance has termed Indians to sought tolerance and reform with subtle acceptance. Adapting constantly by walking on the paths of spirituality and wisdom, India welcomed all faiths and religions in its civillization. It has brought forth a unique blend of all major faiths that contribute towards world unity and welfare of the humanity.


Apart from the centennial crisis in its history, India has accumulated vast wealth of skills and talents of various handicraft art forms. They are still preserved with the artisans for the future. Be it the smooth hand woven silk sarees of Varanasi, the pashmina shawls of Kashmir, the detailed yet appreciating woodwork of Saharanpur, or the voile cotton quilts of Jaipur.


Jaipuri handmade quilts or Jaipuri Rajai are made of cotton. Jaipur being one of the coldest northern regions during winters, quilts became popularly made in this city of wonderful handicrafts. Overtime, the skilled quilt makers evolved the art of making an effective type of quilt for the royalty and commoners. These are perfect to combat adverse climatic conditions without any heavy-duty article used. It was originally seen with the nomadic tribes and on the caravan routes.


Jaipuri handicraft such as rajai is famously known for its lightweightedness, smooth fabric texture, compactness, durability and most of all, warmth. Initially, such gossamer coverlets were only made of imported Dhaka muslin cloth. Nowadays, fancy looking handmade quits are made by soft textured georgette, chiffon, silk and shaneel saris also. Nevertheless, the unique selling point (USP) of this wonderful looking snuggy is that it is light as cotton, so easy to take while traveling and non-allergic to human body. Jaipuri quilts are made purely of cotton, an organic fiber type that has been commonly grown in India since ages.


Cotton is an easy to work with fiber type. Fluffy in nature, it facilitates an easy circulation of air within and it captures warmth too. Cotton fabric as the right one for the Jaipuri quilt is also an easy to be sewn material. After pressing it hardly at seams, it does not slips like polyester. Therefore, it doesn’t needs any basting or pinning usually. The getting-bunched-up quality of cotton makes it convenient to stuff it extra if needed. This quality eases the need to make the corners a bit squared also. Dyes are quite friendly with this fiber type as they quickly dry. Hand sewn Jaipuri quilts are seen at local markets with lovely looking patterns and colorful designs of all sorts, ranging from traditional to modern and trendy. Moreover, standing the test of time, cotton lasts longer that marks the long life of your quilts.


Fulfilling the needs of every other house, Jaipuri rajai is made by a very interesting procedure. 100% cotton in a definite amount is weighed. Thereafter, the cotton fill is finely carded. With a fine toothed carding device, a raw ball of entangled cotton is combed with carders and left as a light and fluffy cotton ball. The residual is the waste cotton fibers that are not used in filling.


Beautiful cotton or silk covers for Jaipuri quilts are adorned with celebrated block printing of Sanganer and Bagru. As the filling is done, it is made sure that the layering is done in a leveled manner so that the cotton is spread evenly. This step helps in maintaining the longevity of the quilt along with its warmness and value. Post-filling the shell, the borders of the quilt is sewn and put together. Initially, it was done manually, consuming more time than the modern times. Nowadays, sewing machines do the job just to add sustenance to it.


Gorgeous looking handmade Jaipuri quilts are something that you would want to cover yourself with unlike a lot of stuff on top of you. These are some not-to-be missed articles for your household.


Surrounded by the Aravalli mountain range and the Thar Desert, Jaipur is a place that experiences winters fully. Especially nights become extremely chilly for campers and nomads. However, all sorts of people favorably buy hand-woven rajai from markets named Johari Bazaar, Hawa Mahal and other private shop owners and emporiums.

 

 
 
 

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