28 Sep Let’s Revive The Indian Jewellery Arts Of Thewa, Bidri, And Gajra!
The jewellery that our ancestors wore a century ago aren’t worn by us today because the pure traditional handcrafted jewellery seems to have almost extinguished. But, if you have a love for history, you could always revive these traditional arts and wear them in your own contemporary ways for your wedding, or any other important occasion. It’s true that the modern age machinery and jewellery trends have made it difficult to keep up those traditional arts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t revive them. All you’ll need is find a talented designer or skilled artisan who can help. One such place is Aura Jewels, the perfect customized gold jewellery shop in Bangalore, where you can have almost any and every kind of design made in your own choice of metals, colours, and styles. Let’s now take a look at three ancient jewellery arts that don’t seem to be so popular today; those that you can wear on your D-day and look awesome!
Thewa art dates back to around 450 years! It uses a silver wire to form the basic shape of the jewellery piece, with a gold sheet incorporated into the formed shape, and inscriptions designed onto it. The final product is them achieved by fusin the designed base with multi-coloured glass, to make it shine through.
Bidri art was seen in the 14th century in the region of Bidar, seen mostly in silver, with the designs influenced by traditional Persian art. A mix of soil, resin, and castor oil is used to make a mould. Then, molten metal of zinc and copper is poured into it, with the inlay work done by silver, copper, or brass sheet or wire. After this, the specific Bidri soil from the Bidar fort is used to cover the art pieces, along with a mix of copper and sulphate, and treated with hot water. The Bidri soil has special oxidization properties which turns the zinc to a black colour, so that the silver shines white.
This type of jewellery originated in Kutch, Gujarat around 250 years ago, by curating silver jewellery for the different tribes in the Kutchi community. There is no soldering involved in making this kind of jewellery. The manufacturing process begins by using a simple long silver wire, the width of the wire dependent on the type of jewellery and weight desired. The silver wire is malleable and can be twisted and shaped as required with minimum use of tools. Just one single wire is used to complete the jewellery piece. A variety of necklaces, bangles, rings, and more can be curated by this form of process.
You can reuse these ancient jewellery art forms to make your own jewellery. You could customize them to be used in your own choice of gold and contemporary designs for your special day by walking into a customized gold jewellery shop in Bangalore, and working with the designers to bring a perfect blend of traditional art and contemporary taste.