We loved the aura in Jaipur - the mélange of heritage, culture and literature at The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. It was hosted in the 150-year-old Diggi Palace spread over 18 lush acres creating a lovely ambiance for the literati, book lovers and story tellers that thronged the venue between 19th – 23rd January.

Aavaran, Rangsutra , Urmul, were some of the organisations that exhibited at the event. Many came to say hello and see our gleaming handcrafted metal ware. We took with us pure copper bookmarks – especially handcrafted for JLF. We reckon being book aficionados ourselves, book lovers love good bookmarks. Bookmarks that can be used for a lifetime, and then, passed on. No prizes for guessing, they were absolutely cherished and nearly sold out! We’re gearing up to launch them soon on our web boutique.

A trip to Jaipur is incomplete without going on a few arts and crafts jaunts. We had to go to Thateron ka Rasta, where metal craftsmen reside and still work with traditional hand tools and create beautiful heritage wares. The precincts themselves have a recorded history of over 200 years. We couldn’t get enough of the beautiful pieces and workmanship thriving here!

The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing near Amer Fort, in the charming restored haveli, the Museum displays a wide selection of block printed textiles, images, craftsmen thus, giving an insight into the heritage craft of block printing. A jaunt we highly recommend to anybody visiting Jaipur. This place offers a befitting tribute to the legacy of block printing – something we wish will eventually happen for most if not all heritage crafts.

Last but not the least, a mention of the delectable local delicacies that the Pink City had to offer! From Chaats, Diggipuri ki Kulhad masala chai, Anokhi Café to Steam at Rambagh Palace, we loved it all! Five days in the city and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to visiting Jaipur next year.

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