Even as contemporary fashion is on the rise, intricate ornate jewellery with a touch of age-old craftsmanship and artisanal ascendancy finds way in your wardrobe. This festive season, traditional art forms have made a comeback. These traditional art forms can be seamlessly paired with a ceremonial ensemble, be it the hand-painted Meenakari to Rajasthani Thewa. All these art forms have been curated by Amazon Fashion’s creative director Narendra Kumar.
Widely popular in Jaipur, Meenakari combines the ancient technique of enamelling with surface ornamentation. Intricate meenakari work can be seen on accessories like jhumkis, chandbaalis, rings and pendants. The vivacious color palette and natural motifs have made meenakari a massive favourite this festive season. Owing to its versatility, one can pair the jewellery with a wide range of ethnic and semi-ethnic wear, making it an everyday wardrobe essential. One can opt for the lighter shades during the day and go for the deeper hues for the evening.
Named after Dhokra Damar tribe of West Bengal, the lesser-known Dhokra art is reflected in tribal jewellery. In Dhokra work, the metal is moulded by expert artisans in animal motifs and lattice work embellished with colourful threads and beads. With nuances of tribal art, Dhokra jewellery offers a refreshing break from the monotonous accessories.
Thewa is a unique art of jewellery-making that evolved in Rajasthan but originated from the Mughal era. The breathtaking thewa jewellery is handcrafted by specialised craftsmen who emboss gold sheets on molten glass, resulting in phenomenal heirloom pieces that are impossible to find elsewhere. Available in bright and rich shades and detailed to perfection, they are an absolute must have to complement your ceremonial ensemble ranging from lehengas to brocade and silk saris.
Popularly known as oxidised jewellery, this is the most popular form of jewellery adorning our ensembles from time to time. The trend continues this season as well, opt for more intricate pieces ornamented with coloured stones to complement your outfits. Though versatile by nature, oxidised pieces work rather well with tie’n’die techniques, organic fabrics and natural shades such as indigo and saffron.