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More than glitter

At an international jewellery convention to be held in the city, artisans and jewellers will get a chance to showcase their creations



An avenue for jewellers...

TO CELEBRATE the various styles of jewellery making and encourage artisans, the Crafts Council of India (CCI) is holding an international jewellery convention, `Grass to Gold,' at the Taj Coromandel. At the convention, to be held in association with the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, between October 6 and 9, jewellers, artisans and speakers from around the world will present papers on various aspects of jewellery making and trading.

Vijaya Rajan, chairperson, CCI, said the event will showcase some of the best jewellery traditions, both contemporary and conventional.

Workshops and exhibition

As a prelude, interactive workshops are being planned on October 4, 5 and 6 for craftspersons. "The workshop will be conducted by leading designers in the field," she said.

Apart from seminars and workshops, the CCI plans to hold an exhibition at the same venue from October 6 to 9. Fashion shows, film shows and workshops to help create awareness about new techniques and methodologies are also on the cards. However, the highlight will be a three-day seminar (October 7 to 9) on `Grass to Gold — Jewellery traditions through the ages,' where eminent speakers from different areas related to jewellery — museum curators, designers and craft experts — will share their views.

"Through the seminars and exhibitions, we hope to revive some of the fading art and craft forms. Also, the various mediums of jewellery will be available under one roof," said Usha Krishna, chairperson, convention committee.

Results of the Young Craftspersons Competition (YCC), a jewellery design competition held for the Asia Pacific region, will be announced during the convention and the winning entry displayed. A commemorative volume on exotic and rare jewellery will also be released during the event.

Addressing the media, G. B. Umesh, director Ganjam Nagappa and Sons Pvt. Ltd., said, "The convention hopes to recognise the craftspersons and serve as a means to improve their status."

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PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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