Jaipur, The second edition of Treasures of Rajasthan focused on the riches of the desert state. The exhibition at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in Delhi was inaugurated by Smt. Padmini Devi of Jaipur, MLA, Mrs. Diya Kumari of Jaipur and HE Francois Richier, Ambassador of France.
The exhibition featured four key areas that the state is famous for—arts and crafts, travel and tourism, gems and jewellery, and garments and textile. Also displayed selected handicrafts,, hand-tufted carpets, blue pottery, paintings and lacquer products.
Organized by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh-II Museum Trust and spearheaded by Princess Mrs. Diya Kumari of Jaipur, it will showcase handpicked textile items, garments and fashion featuring the age-old techniques of leheriya, gota patti and tie-and-dye, complemented by the traditional kundan-polki jewellery and contemporary accessories.
“The exhibition aims to encourage the state’s languishing arts and crafts and is an extension of my endeavor to not just keep the crafts alive but also provide a means of livelihood to its practitioners,” said Smt. Padmini Devi of Jaipur. “It is also a continuation of a family tradition of promoting arts and crafts, started way back in the 20th century by Sawai mansingh-II, who set up 36 karkhanas of different crafts.” A special corner have been dedicate towards the preservation of languishing crafts and master craftsmen.
The exhibition, which features France as the partner country, also seeks to encourage tourism between France and Rajasthan. “We hope to link, in future, palaces and forts in Rajasthan with castles, palaces and chateaus in France,” said MLA Mrs. Diya Kumari.