This blog is dedicated to Rajputana culture and tradition .The blog contains valuable information on RAJPUTI CULTURE AND FASHION.Rajputi culture has always been preserved by Rajput community.This blog is a mixture of rajputi traditions and glamour.
SO.. What is a RAJPUTI MOJARI? Mojaris are beautifully handcrafted leather footware that were worn by the royals of rajasthan.The footware popular among the Rajputs is also as unique as the rajputi clothing. In fact, The Mojaries are worn by the men and women of rajputi community tDuring, Festivales, celebrations and even they use it in their everyday life.Although Mojaries, were used by the Kings and queens in history back in many years ago,they still have the same popularity and are worn with the same love by the rajputs today,as they were worn by their ancecesstors.A mojari is made up of leather and it has very unique embroidery on the top of it, which makes it appealing for a royal classic look
It is Also called Jutti(punjabi Jutti) or Nagra ,chussa and in rajasthan, we call it a Mojari. Its also popularly known as Saleem Shahis a name given after Mughal emporer Saleem shahi. . Mojaris are still popular in north Indian and perculerly in Rajasthan, Punjab as they were 400 years ago ,i.e. at the times of royalty. ( history)
In old times, the embroidery on Mojari was purely handcrafted, w and now a days, the embrioderry is mosly crafted using machines ( invention of tech!!!) Anyways, below is pic of a classy Mojari pair.This Mojari made of leather and sticed with cotton or leather thread iand decorated with colourful threads, Making it really unique.Agrre?
When it comes to fashion outfit is the most important part to be taken care of. Your outfit says it all about you…And ofcourse every women gives her best to look beautiful and stand out from the crowd .Each one of us has a different style and taste in fashion .Women have inherited styling tips and advice from grandmothers to mothers,mothers to daughters and sisters..!so hell yeah..! Fashion is a big part of a woman’s life.
With the lot of Buzz around the world about western clothing, we are not exception adapting western looks to our daily life. But ladies can not just resist their love for traditional ethnic wear.. Although we have wholeheartedly accepted western trends in our daily fashion, when it comes to social gatherings, festivals, and weddings traditional outfit is the first choice of every Indian women..And here I introduce you to a traditional outfit, that would help you look fab in the crowd..
Traditional outfit that is worn by the Rajput ladies from Rajasthan, has its own unique identity among Rajput ladies.The traditional outfit of rajputi ladies is called ‘The Rajputi Poshak‘ .
Now,many of u may think ‘what so different about ‘The Poshak’? we have already seen the royal outfits in the historical films’.Yeah many Bollywood films and TV serials based on history of Rajasthan have shown the royal looks of the kings and queens.The films have shown really beautiful outfits,and we love it.Like the one worn by Aishwarya in ‘Jodha-akbar’? Yeah its beautiful..
So, is this traditional dress of Rajput ladies? Is this ‘Poshak’? Then let me correct you..Although women in history may have worn this outfit in some parts; ‘Rajputi Poshak’ is completely different from this… The one that is worn by Aishwarya is ‘Ghagra-Choli’ and it’s not ‘Rajputi Poshak’.
The traditional ‘Rajputi Poshak’ is shown in this pic below.
‘Rajputi Poshak’ was worn by Rajput ladies in history and it continues to be worn till now,by Rajputi ladies in the same way it was worn before. This classic outfit has its unique identity among Rajputs,as a mark of royal culture. This traditional outfit giveS you a classic and beautiful look helping you to shine in the crowd. Rajputi Poshak is so loved among Rajputi ladies that they wear it proudly in every festivals and weddings.When you wear this classic outfit, it will give you a touch of royalty, it makes u feel connected to the history of royal Rajasthan.
‘Rajputi Poshak’ is a set of four pieces i.e. Kanchali, Kurti, ghagra, Odhani. Now i am gonna tell you what these are actually,and how it is worn,the different types in this poshak and how will you carry this.
How to wear ‘Rajputi Poshak’?
1. This is Kanchali, the part of poshak.This is innerwear of poshak that covers up top body of women.
Kurti, is worn on the kanchali,the kurti covers body from neckline,to the waist.Kurti is a sleeveless top,and kanchali comes with sleeves. Picture below shows,how kurti and kanchali are worn together.
3. Now,the most beautiful part,that is,Ghagra, Ghagra is worn below kurti. Pic below shows, a Satin Ghagra with gottta-patti work.
4. And finally,the odhani, which is beautifully designed with different kinds of work.Pic shows Pyor odhani,with gotta Patti work in combination of pink and dark red color.Their are various types of odhanis such as cotton, Pyor odhani and semi pyor.Pic shows pyor odhani,Which is so soft,and you have to be careful while carrying pyor odhani.If you can’t easily carry pyor odhani,you can opt for semi pyor odhani. Pyor and semi pyor odhanis are worn on the’Heavy Poshaks’,while,cotton odhanis are worn on everyday,or light work Rajputi dresses.
There are various types in poshaks,based on work and materials.I will introduce the types in next posts.A good work Rajputi poshak can be purchased starting from 5000 up to 15,000 and the most heavy work worn in weddings would cost around,40,000 and so on. . These poshaks are costly as it involves cost of material and cost of work involved in it.Poshaks can also be made up of silver work and gold work,and they are very expensive worn in the weddings.A semi pyor poshak can be availed in range of 3000 to 5000..If you would like to know where you can buy one for you,I would love to give you information of best places you can buy poshaks,just ask in comments section 🙂
Attend any social events in Rajput community, it may be a wedding or festivals like teej ,gangour puja,and you will find Rajputi ladies flaunting their beautiful ‘Rajputi poshaks’.The poshak will not just add value to your look but also the Poshak will make you FEEL beautiful…. As a poshak is heavy it takes some efforts and caution to carry this outfit. But the beauty and classical look of ‘Rajputi Poshak’ is so appealing that you can not resist the urge to wear this Rajputi attire.And your love for this Poshak will make you carry this outfit gracefully…
Do you see Rekha wearing that heavy traditional royal necklace? The most heavy and Beautiful Rajputi jewellery is this traditional necklace, The Rajputi Aadh or Rajasthani choker necklace.Rajputi Aadh is royal necklace that is worn by married rajputi ladies. It’s a symbol of royal rajputi culture and it is a must have ornament for married ladies.Below is the Royal Arya/Rajputi necklace from 19th century at the ‘Honolulu museum of arts’.
Rajputi aadh is a heavy artwork and takes a lot of hard-work .The reason behind the shine of this masterpiece is the dedicated hard-work of traditional jewellery artisans of Rajasthan. The traditional Rajasthani craftsmen make use of combination of different precious stones.They use combination of enamels ,kundan,beads as well as gold in designing jwellery.This arya necklace has rubies, clear stones,gold ,emerald as well as pearls embedded in it making it standout of the crowd
Aadh is usually made up of gold,it has a heavy artistically designed block at the beginning ,which is then designed by the use of kundan or other stones. You can have any kind of design in aadh by creative use of enamel colors,kundans, pearls and diamonds.Necklace in the pic has design of peacocks and flowers,making use of attractive red, blue and green colors. The artisans,first design the gold block,and kundans(stones) are then creatively fitted into the cavities inside the golden block.Below the designed block small triangular or any shaped piece of pearls and stones can be attached. The aadh can be of gold as well as it can be made up of silver.Aadh is a beautiful neckpiece worn by the rajputi ladies at the wedding.Aadh is most Spectacular bridal jewellery. It is a mark of tradition and Honour. At the time of Rajput weddings, Aadh is presented by the grooms side to the bride to be. And is considered honour for the bride to wear this traditional necklace.
Even in modern times, there are lots of traditional jewellery artisans in Rajasthan. Several Married ladies from Rajasthan still wear rajputi aadh. It is the pride of every lady, as its symbol of the culture and heritage.Its proud moment for every rajputi lady to wear Aadh at social gatherings of the community.
Aadh has continued to be the popular and glamorous ornament not just among Rajasthani ladies but also among the ladies from all over India, And Bollywood not being an exception. Several bollywood beauties have shined on red carpet wearing this royal necklace and so you can…! 🙂
Rajputi jewellery is the most attractive aspect of rajputi culture among all the Rajput ladies. Rajasthani jewellery is the combination of traditional meenakari, kundan, thewa jewellery and at the same it has the touch of ongoing fashion trends. This traditional royal jewellery has also been featured in historic films like ‘Jodha-Akbar’ and featured films like ‘Zubeidaa’. And the picture proves the shining aspect of this traditional jewellery. Almost every women would love to wear this beautiful jewellery. The pic features Rekha and Karishma in movie ‘Zubeidaa’ wearing traditional rajputi outfit and the traditional jewellery. There are many types in Rajputi jewellery. So, If you want to explore the jewellery more, Continue Reading. . .
A famous quote by Swami Vivekanand says it all. . .
“A Rajput would rather die than break his promise.”
Rajput is a Sanskrit word meaning son of king. Rajput vansha can be classified into three major categories Suryvanshi , Chandravanshi and Agnivanshi. Rajput dynasties ruled over parts of India over Rajasthan and Gujarat,which were priorly known together as Saurashtra. Rajput rule lasted until 20th Century. The parts under Rajput kingdom where together known as Rajputana.(Current Rajasthan).
In 1947 at the time of independence various states of India were merged in India as states of democratic India.Thus in 1947,The princely states of ‘Rajputana’ were combined into a single state i.e. The state of ‘Rajasthan‘.After accepting democratic India Rajput rule came to an end..
Even after 70 years from independence ,Rajputana culture continues to be preserved by the Rajput Community.Even there is no longer the rule of Rajput kings,the glamour of Rajputi Traditions and cultures continues to go on. .Rajputs have preserved their culture through traditions and as well as their ideologies. Royal glory of Rajputana Continues . .and the Royal forts being the witness of the victories of Rajputana.
There has always been sincere and constant efforts from all over the Rajput community to preserve their culture.Even now, we can see senior rajput citizens talking about the great Kings ,queens and their victories. When Rajputs gather to socialize,they often speak of the times when their purvaj(ancestors) ruled, and when they fought war against Mughals and Afghans. .The times of royalty, when they went on hunting , and fought fiercely. .The memories last in form of royal palaces,forts, hunting trophies on the walls, the royal paintings,Armed coats and royal durbar of those times. . And Modern Rajput community values the memories by preserving the culture and spreading this royal tradition to the next generations. . .In modern India there are lots of rajput clans such as Sisodia, Chouhan, Rathore, Deora Chouhan, Shekhawat, Rana, Kachwaha, Jhala, Solanki, Bhati , Balla and there are may more who continue to hold on the Culture . . .
“The Rajput race is the noblest and proudest in India, they are of highest antiquity and purest descent, they have a military autocracy of a feudal type, and “brave and chivalrous, keenly sensitive to an affront, and especially jealous of the honour of their women”.