Beaded baubles and bags
Glittering handcrafted pieces.
THE GULLIES of the old city of Bhopal hum with the 500-year-old craft of gota, zari and beadwork with which the Muslim ladies of the city embellish typical bags, batuas, jewellery pieces and men's headgear.
The glittering, glinting handcrafted items have a special flamboyant charm, the attention to detail being an intrinsic part of the craftswomen's creativity.
The motifs too are typically Islamic art-inspired, a fascinating depiction in beadwork and zardosi of arabesques, intertwining floral and vine motifs and geometric configurations.
Mriganayanee presents an exquisite line of sophisticated bead jewellery and colourful zari handbags from Bhopal at a niche exhibition, which starts today.
Exquisite and colourful
The jewellery that has been designed by leading NID-trained designers merges ancient craft skills with designs that are at once contemporary and chic.
The high quality beads have been delicately woven together to form a range of exquisitely fashioned necklaces, chokers, bracelets and earrings. While colours like parrot green and turquoise blue mingle with white and primrose yellow in perfect harmony, old motifs such as florets, peacocks etc. have been modified to give the jewellery pieces a light and contemporary look.
Perfect accessories for both casual and Western dresses and trousers as well as salwar kurta ensembles and saris, the bead jewelleries are easily the best and most elegant to be seen in the city.
The velvet, satin and silk bags and pouches are more traditional in look, though design has modified the overuse of zari, chamkis, zardozi etc. The bags come in many shapes and sizes and are embellished with intricate zardosi and bead motifs. And if you are looking for more craft shopping excitement, Mrignayanee offers tribal iron work artefacts, Gwalior's famous leather animals, the best of Bagh block printed textiles, Maheshwari and Chanderi saris as well as a rich choice of hand-woven zari, jute and cane items, lacquerware dolls, marble decorative artefacts and much else.
`The Bead Jewellery and Bags' exhibition-cum-sale will be on till August 25 at Mrignayanee, 180 Luz Church Road, Shop No.1 TNHB Complex, (adjacent to Kamadhenu theatre) Mylapore.
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