If you thought Diwali and jewellery is all about gold and silver dripping with diamonds, then you need to take a look at these options! Did you know that the land of jewellery in India is filled with so many contemporary, ethnic and fusion options? Well, this piece was an eye opener for us too. With the playing field levelled in terms of global fashion statements, players like fabric, beads and hand crafted goodness have come out for their time in the Sun. And we sure are punched!
Suddenly, there are a number of statements that we can make with the same piece of garment – all it requires is a simple change of jewellery! And if the usual gold and silver veterans are not in your taste or your budget, or both, then there are a number of lightweight, fun and totally artisan options for you! Here’s a quick list.
Clay or Yay? If looks can be deceptive, this range from Crazypetals would win an award! I walked into the store and was ready to turn my back on pieces that looked like your typical traditional fashion, until I took a closer look. Fashioned from teracotta clay and painted in the vibrant hues that have long since defined the Indian fashion skyline, this range of jewellery had me completely transfixed. Curvy paisleys and temple jewellery inspired motifs matched with contemporary and color blocked geometrical pieces – we were truly in designer wonderland thanks to this collection. Pair the greens, blues and reds with plain handloom sarees and hand painted blouses!
Beaded Delights! While on the subject of clay, did you know that there are many kinds of clay which can be rolled, fashioned and baked into designer goodness? That is exactly what designer Dolly did for her brand of hand made goodness – Fuchsiaa! With her amazing line up of colors, and ribbon or suede straps as well as metal pieces, she has created a while line of Polymer clay jewellery. I have been busy pairing the pieces with Indian and Western wear – and like a pro! Take this necklace with its its rounded beads, for example. Neutral finesse with swirls, suspended from an oh so modern leather necklace – what else could I have asked for? Goes perfectly with my palazzos and pretty Lucknawi kurtas!
Tribal Artisan Touches: Now, this never goes out of fashion! Tribal inspired artisan pieces speak of rich Indian heritage like none other. Desi Almaree has shown us how to combine the muted and the subtle shades of handloom goodness with these vibrant pieces. Wear one of these and you have a whimsical statement forever at hand, ready to break out into a Hinterland dance with a child at the heart of things – exactly what the festive time asked for! I am especially in love with the teal beads and red teeth like pieces with the hexagonal pendant and inlay work.