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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Nagaland, Assam, TamilNadu Jewellery - 14

In Assam, soft 24 carat gold fashioned into earrings and necklaces modelled on local flora and fauna. for instance, earrings resembling orchids.

In Nagaland, gold is used to craft imitations of the human head and long funnel shaped beads are used on combination with shells, animal claws and teeth and precious and semiprecious stones. The designs in solid gold jewellery of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are inspired by nature.

Silersmiths of Himachal Pradesh craft learge delicate and intricate ornaments. Headdresses called chak, long earrings and large nose-rings with papal leaf or bird motifs are the specialties of the region. In Ladakh, silver charm boxes and headdresses called perak with rows of turquoise, cornelian, coral and agate stitched onto it, are a common sight.
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