GJSCI Re­viv­ing An­cient Jew­ellery Crafts

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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.

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