Beyond Udaipur- Durries of Ranakpur
Ranakpurji is the place famous for the beautiful Jain temple…referred to as Ranakpur”ji” as a mark of respect for the deities in the temple. It is full of natural beauty providing peace and calm to the eyes and heart which really settles that part of fear which you get while you go up and down […]
Ranakpurji is the place famous for the beautiful Jain temple…referred to as Ranakpur”ji” as a mark of respect for the deities in the temple. It is full of natural beauty providing peace and calm to the eyes and heart which really settles that part of fear which you get while you go up and down the serpentile road that brings out the natural escape of that ‘uhhh’ with the mouth agape before reaching this place. Tea and samosa in the small hotel near the temple is another relief for the growling stomach.
When you go just a little further, you find boards specifying durries made by local artisans. Durries made by weavers who follow durrie making as a tradition and the people doing so are the Meenas and Prajapats of Ranakpur and Sadri. It is said that this durrie making process started over hundreds of years ago when Mewar tribes took shelter in the temples. They then started weaving mats and rugs for their own personal use. The designs were taken from the carvings on the pillars in the Jain temple. There is also an influence of Pakistani and Persian Kilims which were flat woven carpets.
Few generations ago, some part of Adinath temple was given to the weavers by the Jain community who started their durrie weaving craft and passed it on the generations. These durries with beautiful motifs were a much cheaper alternative to extremely expensive carpets. The durries were later made with brighter colours and patterns to make a place in the competitive market in cotton as well as silk. Traditional vegetable dyes were used as colour. These durries are now a big hit with both domestic and international market. With the growing culture of home decor and also interior designing these durries are now going places and are a major source of income for these tribes.