My visit to the Amer fort and the Kanak Vrindavan garden was a fulfilling experience. Apart from these popular destinations at Jaipur more and more tourists are flocking to what can be referred as the “gem of a museum” i.e. the Anokhi Museum of hand printing at Jaipur. This museum lies in the historic capital of Rajasthan i.e. Amber.
One can reach the Anokhi museum in merely 10 minutes from the Amer fort by walking on foot through the paved streets of the city. The Anokhi museum of hand printing is housed in a magnificient ancient mansion that has been restored meticulously to hold the ancient works of art. This museum is the proud possessor of a variety of block printed textile which was very common in the past era. Apart of the assortment of block printed textiles the museum also cherishes block printing tools, images and other related collectibles.
The Anokhi Museum of Hand printing is set up with a view to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the region. The complex art of block painting is being preserved by this museum which endeavors to inform the common masses as well as textile specialists about the withering art of the ancient craftsmen. With technological advancements like other arts and crafts block painting is also facing the threat of extinction. Such complex craftsmen skills need to be paid importance if it has to keep pace with the modern manufacturing techniques.
Apart from informing general public and textile specialists regarding the art of block printing the objective of this museum is also to encourage and inspire artisans to engage in this craft and keep it alive through generations to come. This heritage craft of Jaipur is truly exceptional and authentic block printed textile is rare to find in present day world. Thus it becomes all the more important to inspire artisans to learn the heritage art and practice it.
The museum houses a repository of various textiles and home furnishings that are made using block printing technique. The museum possesses exhibits ranging from the 1960s to the present era.