Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing located in the ancient pink 'Chanwar Palkiwalon ki Haveli' also known as Anokhi Haveli. Anokhi Museum of hand printing is the foundation which is charitable and works with a core objective of preserving the traditional customs and works of artisans of Jaipur. This foundation takes cares of the talent and skills of the artisans and provides good employment opportunities. Anokhi Museum of hand printing also works on reviving the age-old tradition of handbook printing which also includes traditional hand printing methods and techniques. This foundation also provides live demonstrations of the hand block printing carried by the local artisans. Opened in 2005, Anokhi Museum of hand printing also has a mini auditorium which runs slides show and documentaries on printing and dying daily.
The creation of the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing was the initiative of Founder & Director, Rachel Bracken Singh and her husband Pritam Singh. Pritam’s father, John Singh, purchased the dilapidated Chanwar Palkiwon ki Haveli mansion in the late 1970s and began a 3-year renovation project in 1989. With the guidance of architects, Nimish Patel & Parul Zaveri, the building was restored to its original grandeur. By demonstrating the feasibility of using indigenous materials, time-honored construction methods and skilled local craftsmen, the preservation project earned a UNESCO award for ‘Cultural Heritage Conservation’ in 2000.
Anokhi Haveli, Near Badrinath Temple, Kheri Gate, Amber, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028
Type of Place
- Jaipur International Airport
- Jaipur Railway Station
- Open Timings :- 10:30am - 5:00pm
There will be no block carving or printing demonstrations between:
1:00pm – 2:30pm Fridays
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm on other days.
Closed Mondays and major national & local holidays.
The museum is closed each summer between May 15th and July 15th for gallery maintenance.
Adults: ₹ 30
Children: ₹ 15 (below 12 years)
Students: ₹ 20
Camera: ₹ 50
Video camera: ₹ 150
- By maintaining an active acquisition program, the AMHP collection continues to grow with frequent additions of hand printed textiles along with relevant objects and photographs. The extensive Anokhi Archives also provides a rich repository of clothing and home furnishings dating from early 1960 to present. The museum focuses on contemporary fabric ranging from innovative designs created by talented artisans to traditional outfits still worn in select regions today, albeit in dwindling numbers. A focused selection of historic textiles provides a context for the further understanding of block printing.
Things to Buy
- Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is a treasure trove for shoppers. There are shopping places in Jaipur which offer varieties of products and souvenirs. Jaipur is one of the most important centers in the world for cutting and polishing precious and semi-precious stone, diamonds. Jewelry, exotic blue pottery, the batik painting, block printed textiles of Sanganer and Bagru, tie & dye fabrics, Mojari- (the local shoe), sandalwood carving items, beautiful stone carvings etc. are the most famous things for shopping in Jaipur. There is an endless list of shopping in Jaipur but the jewelry and blue pottery of Jaipur are world famous. Jaipur fabrics are also widely known and attract many tourists to its markets.
Things to Eat
- Mirchi Bada:- Sharing prime spot with samosas and kachoris in the snack market are Mirchi Badas - green chilies dunked in besan and deep fried. You can even find vendors selling these on makeshift handcarts by the roadside.
Rajasthani Sabzi:- Gatte ki sabzi, Rajasthani curry, Mangori, Pakodi and Ker Sangari, the traditional sabzi, are part of the daily meals here. A papad - plain or masala - is a must, to sum up, meals, as a tradition in Rajasthan.
Laal Maas:-For those who think Rajasthani cuisine is primarily vegetarian have not tasted this spicy delicacy here. Straight from the kitchens of the Royals, the authentic version is no longer restricted to the palace but is found in abundance in Jaipur without which no non-vegetarian meal is ever complete. Made with spicy dry red chilies amongst other spices and red meat, it is the most recommended and popular nonvegetarian dish in Jaipur. Both Niros and Handi Restaurant in MI Road are extremely popular for their sumptuous renditions of Laal Maas.
Things to enjoy
- This museum is a must visit for all the craft & block print lovers. Anokhi Museum houses the world's best block painting garments and is a cultural endeavor of Anokhi clothing brand. This museum exhibits the oldest art form of Rajasthani art at its very best. Detailed explanation about every cloth is mentioned along with the quality of fabric and various other details.
Anokhi Museum holds a UNESCO certification and houses more than a hundred garments. The main purpose of this museum is to promote the oldest art form of Rajasthan. Other then the exhibits, the Museum organizes various educational programs and workshops to focus on various aspects of this ancient craft. There are various demonstrations related to block carving, printmaking, and block carving, etc. for all the visitors on a daily basis.