The Enthralling History of Handcraft Jewelry and its Tradition
From time immemorial, India has been representing the rich legacy of jewelry that demonstrates affluence, supremacy, culture, profusion and artistry of artisans.
The 5000-year-old history of Indian jewelry has evolved as a delicate art in terms of traditional and cultural Indian craftsmanship that accentuated the elegant and gracious look of a female figure.
It’s Traditional & It’s Treasured!
Over centuries, India got ruled by several empires in its land. With the sovereignty of various dynasties, a broad spectrum of heritage designs emerged that reflected the varied cultural diversity, taste of denizens, fantastic splendor and artistry of prehistoric India. Each distinct style contains its characteristic that has deciphered and described the history of different dynasties. Available ornaments were made of gold, silver, ivory, copper, iron, beads, pottery and precious stones like rubies, topaz, emerald, corals, sapphires and crystals. Types of ornaments worn were Crowns, Necklaces such as Hansali (circular neck ornament), Rani-Haar (long necklace), Pendants, Earrings, Finger rings, Nose-rings, Thumb rings, Bangles, Kadas, Toe rings, Bracelets, Kadandias, Armlets, Armbands, Chains, Tikas, Borlas, Dots, Kadas, Nose pins, Nath chains (worn with nose ring), Waist-belts, Ear chains, Anklets. Gradually, with the progression of time, sophisticated approach arose that enhanced various types of intricate and classic design. Indian Handcraft jewelry by far is not restricted to rare metal or material; the extensive list has included different materials such as glass, white metals alloys with fabric, plastics, rice, Resin and many more.
The advent of Mughal era further embellished the world of Indian jewelry. The fusion of Indian and Central Asian styles and patterns gave rise to a great outburst of ornamentation, elegant and beautiful, and of a lush extravagance never seen before. Although enameling in jewelry had been found at the ancient town of Taxila, this technique reached its zenith only under the Mughals. From Rajputs to Mughals every kingdom has its own set of traditional jewelry that they wore differently. Traditional Rajasthanijewelry was in the form of RaaniHaar studded with precious multi-coloured gems.
Handcrafted jewelry has a certain traditional flair. Diverse cultures jewelry represents that culture and region’s historical, sociological and religious influence. Almost all religious jewelry was handcrafted and had intricate carvings which reflect a part of the culture to which it belongs. Each region has its type of jewelry distinctive to it due to the difference of availability of raw materials and resources among them. For the people living near the coastal areas have fashion jewelry made out of seashells just like people from mountainous regions fashion jewelry and accessories from animals hides and precious or semi-precious stones? Inspired from the traditional era, we at The Treasure Box make handcrafted jewelry designed to suit women that love the traditional designs. We have a complete range of Poli, Kundankari and Meenakari designs for every occasion.
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