GJSCI Reviving Ancient Jewellery Crafts
The GJEPC and the Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI) promoted three indigenous jewellery making techniques – Hupari Payal, Tarakasi and Thewa – in Hall 6 at the IIJS. The dedicated booth featured live demonstrations by artisans, as well as some finished pieces. GJSCI is working towards creating a sustainable ecosystem for the craft sector so that artisans are valued and respected for their skills and they become active stakeholders and beneficiaries of the larger wealth creation process.
The town of Hupari in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, is famous for its silver payals (anklets). GJSCI is working on facilitating the GI tagging of Hupari payals, and is supporting artisans by developing new products through the introduction of fresh designs.
Tarakasi is a type of intricate silver filigree work from Cuttack, Odisha. This art form is more than 500 years old and is traditionally practised by local, highly skilled artisans on the east coast of Odisha.
Thewa is a special art form of jewellery, which involves fusing of intricately worked sheets of 23-karat gold on multi-coloured and specially processed molten glass. The 400-year-old art evolved in Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan and has received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.