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Swaroop Rathore

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Jewellery & Fashion

Rajputi Poshak

Khamma Ghani to all the readers and a very happy new year, as the season of marriages are coming soon here in Rajasthan (Rajputana) and every woman is shopping for dresses and jewellery, I thought of writing a blog and helping you all. So here is my new blog describing Dresses especially “Rajputi Poshak” (Dresses worn by females of Rajput families) in the best way possible to make you fall in love with it.


Rajputi Poshak“Rajputi Poshak” is a stunning and lively dress which is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani cultural heritage; it is believed that the Mughal’s stimulated the women of Rajputana to adopt the “Poshak” as their Royal attire (The attire itself and the way of wearing has remained same from hundreds of years). The richness and diversity of Rajputi culture and heritage is reflected in this amazingly beautiful attire. The dress with wide range of colours and the magnificent Rajasthani Jewellery makes the women wearing it look astonishingly beautiful.


When you move around wearing the “Rajputi Poshak” you are gracefully separated from the rest of the people. In India each part of the country has its own variety of apparels which are beautiful in their own ways but “Rajputi Poshak” has a class of its own. People from other sections of society other than Rajputs have started adopting the “Rajputi Poshak” as their festive apparel. The Rajput women in “Rajputi Poshak” can be identified from others as the grace of wearing it reflects in how beautifully the dress is handled (The Poshak would wear you and you would wear it!!). Rajputi Poshak


The dress consists of four garments which together sum up as “Poshak”; these are “Kanchali”, “Kurti”, “Ghagra” and “Odhani”. To make you understand what are these and how they are worn here is a quick description, firstly “Kanchali”, it is an inner wear with sleeves which covers upper body of a woman. “Kurti” is a sleeveless blouse worn over the “Kanchali”; it covers the upper body of women from neck to waist. “Ghagra” is a pleated skirt like garment worn below “Kurti” which covers the body from waist to feet. And last of the lot is “Odhani” is a long veil which is used to cover head, face and body, this provides world known grace to the “Rajputi Poshak”.   


“Rajputi Poshak” on the basis of its use and form is categorised in two types, lighter range and heavier range. The lighter version is worn by Rajput women every day; it is a simple “Rajputi Poshak” with very light work (usually Gotta Patti) over it. The heavier range is worn on festivals like “Teej” and “Gangor”.


From making point of here are a few types of “Rajputi Poshak”-


Zardosi Poshak, Gotta Patti Poshak, Zari Poshak and Kundan Poshak. Zardosi is used in “Rajputi Poshak” to give it a rich feel, Zardosi is type of embroidery which involves incorporation of tiny thin metal in the piece of clothing this gives the clothing a complete newness. Zardosi embroidery involves use of gold and Rajputi Poshaksilver threads to make elaborated designs on the clothing. Copper wires with a golden or silver polish are used with silk threads to ensure that the clothing looks awesome when finished. Last but not the least the magnificent effect of studded pearls and precious stones bring the Royal Rajputi heritage on a piece of clothing.


Gotta Patti Poshak, this art have its origin in Rajasthan it has also been copy righted by the state of Rajasthan. Back in the days of Kings and Queens the Gotta Patti dresses were decorated by real gold and silver metals, but now as the time has passed and the metals have become really costlyJ, the use of precious metal has decreased and instead small pieces of Zari ribbon are applied on the dresses with “Kinari work” to create sophisticated designs. Zari Poshak, Zari has its origin to Banaras; it is generally a brocade of tinsel thread which is meant for weaving and embroidery. Zari work on a “Rajputi Poshak” magnifies its beuty to a newer level.


Kundan Poshak, The Kundan is an exceptional form of art in this stones are added to highly refined gold and then it is put on the “Rajputi Poshak” which makes the clothing look spectacular.Poshak work


Making of “Rajputi Poshak”


Making of “Rajputi Poshak” starts with selection of right cloth, selection of right fabric is the key for making a magnificent dress. Customarily, the dress is fabricated from pure georgette, chiffon, pure satan or crape. But the choice of fabric is highly dependent on the occasion, style and budget requirements of the buyer. Next important step is colouring, this step involves transformation of a simple grey/white cloth into a Rajput legacy. Various colours like red, blue, green and orange etc. are embellished on the fabric. The highly contrasting colours used on the “Rajputi Poshak” defy the colour of the desert and brings balance to life.Rangai Rajputi Poshak


Once the fabric and colour part of the process are complete, the “Rajputi Poshak” undergoes the next part which requires amazing artistry. No “Rajputi Poshak” is complete without the intricate patterns and elegant designs made my artistic hands that spell magic; all the polishing and embroidery work transforms the cloth into a unique “Rajputi Poshak”.


Rajathani Dress workSo now you know how a simple piece of cloth transforms to a magnificent piece of artistry, all the hard work  that is done behind the scenes is done to keep the history of Rajputana alive to be cherished by generations to come.


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