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JA In­dia along with the Gem & Jewellery Skill Coun­cil of In­dia (GJSCI) sent a small team of de­sign­ers and jewellery man­u­fac­tur­ers to Hu­pari, a small town near Kol­ha­pur, Ma­ha­rash­tra, which is renowned for its sil­ver jewellery or­na­ments. It has been the en­deav­our of WJA and GJSCI to iden­tify pock­ets in In­dia where ar­ti­sans still prac­tise age-old crafts. It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand how to amal­ga­mate the work of these ar­ti­sans into con­tem­po­rary jewellery. This will not only keep their skills alive, but the sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship will also help them up­grade their tech­no­log­i­cal acu­men to pro­duce pieces of finer qual­ity. The ben­e­fits of such tie-ups can be ex­po­nen­tial.

It would not be wrong to say that nearly half the pop­u­la­tion of Hu­pari (it is es­ti­mated that 65,000 vil­lagers live there) is en­gaged in mak­ing handcrafted sil­ver jewellery, es­pe­cially an­klets (pay­als).

Man­u­fac­tur­ing process

The two-day tour was an eye-opener for us.

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