Jewellery as wearable art

As long as the human race exists, there would continue to be a need for jewellery. For some, wearing jewellery satiates the need to prove their ‘richness quotient’ to the world , whilst for others it is simply an accessory to feel happy and occasionally shout out the ‘real them’ to others.  I love the modern world of today, but it’s the jewellery of years gone by, the jewellery with motifs I have grown up with that makes my heart flutter. For me, it is jewellery with a personality, it’s wearing traditions and art, or rather jewellery as wearable art that always keeps me on the lookout for more.

Designers & Artisans

Recently, I have come across a few designers that are creating pieces of art – some taking inspiration from folklore, tribal patterns, dance forms while some others create pieces we love, by passionately working towards reviving ancient techniques and skills. We’re featuring two such lovely labels, so read away:

Nomad: “Naani’ki” & “Makutu” – Jewellery with stories 

Harshita Gautam, the creator of Nomad, is a writer, a painter, a poetess, a gardener and a designer! Nomad, the brand as a whole shouts out ‘love for rural style’ and is all about taking inspirations from life in the villages in India. Their brand, “Nani’ki” was born out of longing…a desire to go back to traditional jewellery, just how it used to be. “Nani’ki” takes you back to the dusty but ‘packed full of delightful memories’ lanes in the state of UP in India. It works to brings back the lost traditions, techniques and skills that were integral to jewellery-making in pre-partition India. Two techniques getting a revival by “Nani’ki'” are:

  • “Chhilka” – the art of manually scraping the thin metal sheet to make the light bounce back & glow
  •  “Jawaabi” is the craft of painstakingly tracing the design at the back of the piece to give it a uniform appearance

When you wear “Nani’ki”, you don’t just wear a piece of jewellery, but you proudly wear a slice of an era. And, then there is “Makutu”, where, pieces of stray fabric are turned into wearable accessories..what’s not to like? To add to this, they take pride in naming the artisans behind the product. Look at some of their creations:

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Gold tone silver necklace, handmade by Vaijanti; Sold by: Nomad
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Sigh! My nani had one like this too. A gold tone silver piece, made by Pohchi : Sold by: Nomad
If you want to buy “Nani’ki” or “Matuku” jewellery, then contact Nomad:
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Razia Kunj

This unique and stunning collection of jewellery is deeply influenced by the art and architecture of India. Razia Kunj, the name behind the brand, takes inspirations from art on the walls of galleries and temples, from folklore, tribal tales and transforms this art, piece by piece into a wearable form. Razia Kunj’s jewellery could at times, bring you joys of being in the town of ‘Shekhawati’ aka ‘open air art gallery’ in Rajasthan, admiring frescos on the Haveli walls whilst at other times it could perhaps immerse you in the colours and the intensity of ‘Theyyam’, a dance form from Northern Kerala.

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The dance form ‘Theyyam’, from Northern Kerala, brightening your day: Sold by: Razia Kunj
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If in love with the architecture of Rajasthan, then, a ‘Jharokha’ is all you need; Sold by: Razia Kunj

If any of Razia Kunj’s creations is what you are after, then get in touch with them right away:

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Handmade love is the best, be it made using some fabric, metal, bead, glass or a stone. Let’s show some love to the hands that create these too.
So get yourself a piece or two of wearable art, blend old traditions and motifs with the new …Be Notjustashopper!

Shilpa xx

Cover Image: via Nomad, Razia Kunj

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