The Temple Art

 

Heritage Jewellery

 

India has a rich legacy of jewellery. South India is famous for its plethora of rich culture and ancient traditions of classical music, mesmerizing dance and exemplary arts, tantalizing cuisine and above all magnificent jewellery which adorn the deities in the majestic temples. These jewellery are what we call as Temple Jewellery. It dates back to the 9th century.

With designs that are exquisitely handcrafted by the Karigars( craftsmen), these masterpieces can easily enhance the beauty of anyone who adorns them. These were specifically used to beautify Gods and Goddesses. The kings and queens also had a keen interest in these masterpieces and had exclusive pieces cut out for them.  However, with increased patronage, women, especially classical dancers would wear them for their performances as it highlighted their unique look. So, this type of jewellery has always been expensive.

Gold, is always the preferred metal for this type of jewellery. With the rising costs, there is a possibility of such designs slipping past patrons. There are other economic alternatives as well for the same kind of designs, Silver, being one of them. Silver, can be afforded with even a small budget in hand and like Gold, it can be considered a safe form of investment.

Temple Jewellery is now in vogue and has been customised to suit the diverse taste of buyers. The designs consist of waves, dots, lines, floral patterns, peacock and swan motifs, abstract designs and interspersion of dancing figures, statuettes, Gods and Goddesses. Their priceless history and unique designs give the owners of such magnificent pieces an aura of prestige and respect in the society.

These crafted treasures are everlasting and will glorify the patrons and the craftsmen for the years to come and will never go out of fashion.

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Contributed By:

Sowmya Partha

Beginning …

A visit to the museum aroused my curiosity about prehistoric jewellery. It’s obvious that the love for the ornaments has been inherited from our ancestors. A little boy, at the museum, had a strange idea or rather an important doubt. He asked his mother if the animals whose teeth and claws had been used by the prehistoric men as jewellery wore replacements later.
Can you imagine a wild animal with dentures and faux claws? It surely would have looked very out of place, alongside the inconvenience caused to the animal.

Well, that’s how cave men created ornaments.
Over the centuries, the love for ornaments still continues though the methods used to make them differ and distinct metals can be used to identity the different countries where they are hugely popular.
For example, India can be recognized by its love for the yellow metal, ie gold. The west uses more of silver, diamonds can be linked to south Africa and so on.
Even the designs are quite distinct. Indian style is referred to as art deco, it has a bit of every style in it, the west is very contemporary, Chinese patterns reflect nature and so on.
Who doesn’t like to look good or rather celestial?
Haven’t we all seen elephants, horses, camels, cows being decorated during festivals?
These days men are becoming more jewellery conscious than women. It is a statement of style.

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Do you think jewellery is a luxury?
Well, maybe, but there is something for everyone, whatever their budget. Silver, terracotta, wood, paper are some affordable jewel styles.
There is no limit to the variety and design available. What would be your pick?
Go on. Have a look at jumki.in for some of the endless options.
Thank you for stopping by.
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Asta-la-vista.

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Sowmya Partha