Molela Village Location

Molela Art is workwide popular for its Unique Terracotta Art Plaques. Location Molela is a small village in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, situated on the banks of the river Banas. Normally, it could pass off as an ordinary village, one of the thousands that you pass by while traversing the rural landscape of our country. The distinction here lies in the molela idols, terracotta art plaques and crafts made here, only here all over India. Made as a flat surface, unlike the usual molela idols made elsewhere, this craft is unique in design.

Molela village near Nathdwara in Rajasthan is an old centre renowned for its traditional terracotta art molela idols and plaque (tiles). The craft witch has evolved over centuries has inherent charm in it on account of its individuality and to this day it attracts the tribal clients from far off places.

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Ethnicity & Culture Molela Art

Cultural ethnicity of terracotta art has become an inquisitive yet delightful mingle of the essence of the basic culture of the state which has preserved over generations. With the modern and global age making ad vances in everyday life of village, the very boil of the culture is still intact and secure. In terms of language, Mewari and Hindi are spoken the most.


The Molela village is home to 4275 people, among them 2106 (49%) are male and 2169 (51%) are female. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Molela village lage is 15%, among them 53% are boys and 47% are girts. There are 885 households in the village and an average 5 persons live in every family. 68% of the whale population are from general caste, 23% are from schedule caste and 9% are schedule

Education & Employment

Total 2357 people in the Molela village are literate, among them 1442 are male and 915 are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) is 65%.82% of male and 49\% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the village has increased by 15%. Male literacy has gone up by 11% and female literacy rate has gone up by 18%.

There is a governorment school up to class 12th and majority of the children aged 5 to 19 are enrolled in the government school. Molela Village has 46% (1975) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 53% male and 39% female population are working population. 43% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 10% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 19% of total female population are main and 20% are mar ginal workers

Molela Art

Molela Art clay is muddy in colour. It is dug from the banks of Banas river, 2 Kms away from Molela Village on Nathdwara Road. Each potter has his own spot for digging based on his own previous experiences.

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For the colours, they use natural stone and mineral colours. Palewa is the clay slip and makes different colours when mixed with other elements. For instance, silver is made with Paleo and water. The reddish colour is made when Geru(Red soil) is added to the mixture. As the binder, they use a vegetable gum called Dawrigund collected from the trees.

For shine, they apply a lacquer coat which is locally called a Jala. Varnish is never used because it is of or organic material which is prohibited for use on Gods. Only one family makes the Jala in the entire region.

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