Stylish Bags and Totes !!

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Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter annually.

Dastkar Ranthambore has introduced the handmade cloth bags at affordable prices to contribute a bit to stop this litter collecting and damaging the environment. They are stylish and sturdy; our artisans at Dastkar-Ranthambore use colorful, flower and animal print fabric on top, and for the lining they use heavy twill to make them strong to carry heavy stuff.

Besides, tote your wears in style this summer with personalized bags and totes. Each crafted bag at Dastkar-Ranthambore lets you express your personality whether you’re headed to the lake or the gym. They’re also ideal for taking your lunch to work, because they’re big enough to hold a lot but small enough to fit anywhere. Choose from hundreds and hundreds of designs for your bag or tote, including jungle cat, tigers, butterflies and cute ones for yoga class or the farmer’s market. You can also bring your personality to totes, simply choose your own style of bags from the wide range.

We have already sold many, and continue to improve our bags through our own experience, adjusting sizes for ease of use. At Dastkar-Ranthambore, we want our customers to use them over and over, and they are machine washable.

Thus all of our high-quality, reusable bags will help you eliminate hundreds, if not thousands of those plastic and paper shopping bags choking our planet. It’s an easy way to do your part to help the environment!

Here are pictures of some of our nature friendly bags and totes…

 

Handmade Cushion Covers

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Cushion covers refer to the slips that are used as a protective and decorative covering for pillows and cushions. These are one of the most common soft furnishings that can be found in every household.

It is to the craftsmen that the credit goes for maintaining the traditions of Indian society. The heritage of craft is transmitted practically, from one generation to another. The exclusive Indian crafts are special as they completely integrate into the daily lives of million of Indians.

Patchwork, Block printing, hand embroidery, threadwork -all are creatively used in traditional Indian patterns as well as contemporary motifs. The different fabrics used for cushion covers only match the vastness of designs.

Traditional craftsman at Dastkar-Ranthambore engaged in making cushion covers that make use of bold motifs, geometrical designs and animal patterns. These artisans create cushion covers with a conscious aesthetic approach making it a beautiful utility item. The colors used by the artisans for making cushion covers are, brilliant, bold and gay, without a hint of garishness, making their appeal, universal.

Have a look at the vast range of cushion covers made by the artisans at Dastkar-Ranthambore!!

Tie and Dye Fabrics!!

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Just like any other handicraft world, Dastkar-Ranthambore also specializes in emerging some excellent fabric and the most interesting one being tie and dye work which is also called ‘bandhni’ in local language. Heart-warming designs, dyed in a particular style, this age old artistry reign supreme in Rajasthan.

The art of bandhani is highly skilled process and our artisans have come a long way in developing new designs and patterns every time fashion statement changed. Now the tie and dye clothes are one of the most exported fabrics of India which also carries a part of Rajasthan with it.

Lahariya, Mothda, Ekdali and Shikari are the most popular patterns amongst all the styles of bandhni and every design exhibit a unique look and nature. Lahariya and Mothra are similar designs where Lahariya has long lines in various shades running diagonally through the entire piece of cloth and Mothra showcases a checked effect with opposite diagonals. The human and animal figures depicting nicely in the dazzling colors is the identity of Shikari bandhni. Ekdali pattern flaunts small circles and squares in different shades of color and the cluster of three, four and seven multi colored dots make it even more gorgeous.

Dastkar-Ranthambore offers you a mesmerizing collection of tie and dye Laharia, Mothda Bandhni and much more at the most reasonable prices. The collection would be soon available online!

Kantha Work Textile: Emotions of an artist.

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Kantha embroidery involves a simple running stitch. It is the way the embroidery has been used that makes it extra ordinary. The cloth is given layers that were kept together by the stitches.

The cloth has multiple uses. It could be used to sleep on or as a light blanket. Kantha is said to be “Dorukha” meaning turning the worn out and old textiles and fabrics to things of beauty. Kantha evolved out of necessity to drape or protect against cold. Kantha in Sanskrit means rags. It can rightly be called the recycling art. The precious silks and muslin when become worn out, women at our Dastkar-Ranthambore centre instead of throwing them away, piled them in layers and stitched. This Kantha work became very much popular and generated huge demand for itself in the fashion world due to its attractive designs and art. Kantha was also said to be lady’s self expression. The real Kantha narrates a story, the emotions and the life of the artist.

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The women artists at Dastkar-Ranthambore give way to their imaginations and produce the best of Kantha work textiles for you. Kantha work textiles at Dastkar-Ranthambore are exclusive and are very rare to find in the local markets.
Check out the Kantha work bed spreads, pillow-covers, cushion covers, dress materials and much more soon to be on sale at Dastkar Ranthambore.

Designer Leather Footwear by Dastkar- Ranthambore

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Footwear can be defined as garments that are worn on the feet. There main purpose is protecting one’s feet. Of late, footwear has become an important component of fashion accessories. Although, their basic purpose remains that of protection, adornment or defining style statement has become their additional and a significant function. There are many types of footwear- shoes, boots, sandals, slippers etc.

The artisans at Dastkar Ranthambore Centre manufacture the beautifully designed and comfortable footwear, always desired by the visitors who see and wear them. Have a look, how these hardworking artisans give shape to the beautiful footwear with different colors, textures and designs.

The Art form carried on to lay forward the traditional family business utilizing the unique art skill and earning a life ! The varieties are made by combined efforts and working skills of a family all-to-gather.! The Father , The Mother , & The Son too !!

First of all a sample design is made on paper and that Already made/drawn samples are checked out from the book.! And by using the sample sole, trimming the leather sheet bought, is carried.

Use of measure tape is made now to decide the size.Then , it is smoothened and trimmed by scratching the metal instrument.(i.e.chisel) Also , a small hammer kind metal is used for later adjustments.Use of thin metal wires is made to shape up the footwear.

Now the toe, the ankle style are put into shape , as per desired design. Comparing with the foot style, pre-made by wood , styling  and shaping is done here . Sticking the wooden made heels and specially styled toe-style are stuck too.

Creating Black Pottery

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Creating Indian black pottery is a long process consisting of many steps requiring patience and skill. Many distinct processes occur before the pot is ready to be sold. According to the artisans from Shyamota at Dastkar-Ranthambore that make the black pottery products, “these steps include, “finding and collecting the clay, forming a pot, scraping and sanding the pot to remove surface irregularities, applying the iron-bearing slip and burnishing it to a high sheen with a smooth stone, decorating the pot with another slip, and firing the pot.

Indian Black Pottery is manufactured in different beautiful articles . The products made include Indian Gods’ Idols, Vases, Cups and Saucers, Water Jugs, Plates, Jars, and Flower Pots. The lustrous black pottery is rubbed with oil and then fired twice and various beautiful floral and geometric designs are then itched to it.

Black pottery gets the smooth ebony finish from its special firing process. The fuel is mixed with pigment; and the clay absorbs the color from the smoke during the firing. Traditionally, all the engravings are carved before the firing. The artisans from Shyamota also use a new method that engraves designs on the surface after the item is fired. The color gets lighter as the artist etches deeper. So the final coloring has levels of yellow and gray, as well as black.
Black pottery originated during the Neolithic period (12,000 B.C.) inChina; and this method was perfected by the Long Shan Culture (3000 B.C.) The earliest works of Black Pottery are water pots and vessels of ancient worship. Then it became the house-hold wares for daily life of the royal families. Now a days, Indian lack Pottery is used for home décor and house hold use at different places.

The Indian Black pottery manufactured by the artisans of Dastkar-Ranthambore is very much appreciated and demanded during the exhibitions and fairs across the globe.

Dastkar Kendra at Ranthambore

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The Dastkar team of artisans function from the kendra located in the village of Ranthambore. The Kendra (centre) has an assorted environment where the women doing embroidery sit under the ceiling of natural vicinity in the front and give a beautiful touch of hand embroidery to the sort after products made at the Kendra. Inside the centre, in one area a team of printers do the block printing and in the other the pattern making, ironing, sewing and accounts department functions to make the working of the Kendra more efficient and progressive.

During the first five years, Dastkar was based in a small room in Sherpur village. As the project grew, this room became a centre where people of different castes and religions, occupations and ages came together to learn new skills, or often to simply interact and observe.

Soon Dastkar family grew and to accommodate more people working, official Dastkar Kendra was opened in January 1993, a plot that was leased from Ranthambhore Foundation and other grants and donations.

 

It brought together various elements of community building, training, production, sales and social awareness. The centre acts as a catalyst for numerous activities including workshops related to legal aid, health, family planning, gender and group building, management and accounting.

The Kendra, changed attitude of villagers towards society, caste, marriage and purdah. Initially, women of different castes and religion wanted to come at separate timings for work. But gradually, these caste barriers were broken and now women of all communities, Hindu-Muslim, harijans and upper castes sit together work, eat and chat together at the centre.

Years ago, women refused to even go in the nearby Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge for sales having doubts of getting ‘corrupted’ or ‘sold’. But the current scenario shows these women going to various craft bazaars organised in various cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkatta, Chennai, Hydrabad etc. Their views towards social issues have broadened with travel, traning and exposure.

With an increase in workers, development of newer machinery and increased tourist awareness, the Kendra today, functions and houses a production centre, raw material store, office, sales outlet, training and workshops.

The crafts practiced at the Kendra are:

  • Block Printing
  • Tie-dye
  • Patchwork
  • Embroidery

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