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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Jewellery Styles - Meenakshi and Kunda - 13

From ancient times, jewellery in India has not been mere ornamental or decorative items, but has gained the status of providing proof of various stages of a person's life. For instance, piercing a child's ear signifies its entry into the world, the man wearing the sacred gold thread from left to right shoulder, signifies his entry into educational age, while the "tali" (Mangalsutra) for a women indicates they are married. Gold, silver, coper and bronze are the metals that have been used traditionally for making jewels which were also inlaid with precious gems and beads, that acted as talisman for protection from various evils.

Filigree work has patterns of flowers, butterflies, birds and geometrical shapes made with silver wires of varying thickness creating a delicate lace-like appearance. Orissa and Andhra Pradesh specialize in this style.

Meenakshi and Kunda are styles from Jaipur and Delhi influenced by the Mughals. The jewellery can be worn on both sides. The temple jewellery of Nagercoil has traditional gold ornaments studded with red and green semiprecious stones.

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