The Durrie Festival organised by the Department of Tourism in Rajasthan, showcases the handcrafted works of rug weavers in the village of Salawas, located approximately 20 km from the city of Jodhpur. Held in partnership with UNESCO, the inaugural edition of the festival in 2022 saw attendees learn about the history, processes and practice of durrie weaving. The festival goers could also buy the handwoven wares directly from their makers.
The Prajapat community of Salawas has been practising the craft of weaving durries, which are intricately patterned rugs, since the mid-nineteenth century. Apart from rugs, they also make bags, cushion covers and other home décor items. One of the chief attractions for the festival goers was getting an opportunity to not only interact with the durrie makers, but also to put up at their homestays as guests and explore their durrie collections. Besides, the village also had a designated zone for exhibitions and demonstrations. Cultural performances showcasing folk songs and dances of western Rajasthan were staged during the evenings.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Salawas
How to reach Jodhpur
1. By Air: Jodhpur has its own domestic airport, which is located around 5 km from the city centre. Flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur and other important Indian cities serve Jodhpur on a daily basis. Cabs and autos are available outside the airport and can be hired to travel to any part of the city.
2. By Rail: Trains from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur and several other cities serve the city of Jodhpur. Apart from regular express and mail trains, the luxurious Palace on Wheels also caters to Jodhpur city. Many local taxis are available outside the station, which can be availed to travel to any part of the city.
3. By Road: Direct buses from New Delhi and Jaipur make road connectivity with Jodhpur convenient. Government-run Volvo coaches as well as numerous private deluxe and luxury buses are available in this route. The road condition of Jodhpur Highway is quite good and therefore buses can be availed in this route.
How to reach Salawas from Jodhpur
The village of Salawas is located approximately 20 km from Jodhpur. One can reach Salawas from Jodhpur by taking a bus or hiring a car. The journey takes around 30 minutes from Jodhpur city.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
- Masks mandatory
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. The weather in September is warm, with temperatures ranging between 35°C and 24°C. Pack loose and airy cotton clothes with long sleeves.
2. An umbrella, if you happen to get caught in a sudden shower.
3. A sturdy water bottle.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate.
About Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
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