Terracotta, an italian word meaning “cooked earth”, is one of the oldest forms of jewellery in the world. In India, several terracotta figurines, ear studs, necklaces, bracelets and well polished bangles were unearthed in the archaeological sites of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. Most of these designs are inspired by nature; which seems to be the staple form of any artistic inspiration back in the day. This is evident in the elaborate design patterns for Terracotta Jewellery today, which are just intricate traditional interpretations of leaves, flowers, tribal gods etc.
Although, this art has been used to make all kinds of artifacts, today it is most prevalent as jewellery. The unique attribute about this jewellery is its exotic ornamentation, that gives an elegant and rustic appeal; which can be teamed up perfectly with bright traditional dresses as well as contemporary casual wear. The terracotta jewellery is hand painted in earthy hues – brown, grey, blue, green, indigo, pink, red etc.
Although, what makes Terracotta Jewellery really unique is the fact that you can make one yourself today!
Model & Design:
You start by first cleaning and then molding the clay into your desired shape and size; which can conveniently take up the most intricate as well as the simplest shape. This is done by hands and other shaping tool supplies on a wet slab under guidance. A variety of rough and glazed finishes can be given in terracotta jewellery; they can be carved or embedded with stones or beads and embossed with patterns.
Dry & Bake:
The jewellry is then dried in a tray for 24 to 48 hours. After drying it completely, it is fired in a kiln at a very high temperature or under the sun to give it a stone consistency. The clay takes up a natural color depending on the process of baking used, and can be hand painted as well. When clay is fired, it can take natural brick shades of brown, pink, or even white, depending on the quality of clay. When clay is fired in the kiln with saw dust, it is burnt a natural black color.
Paint & Fashion:
Finally, they are exquisitely hand-painted in a myriad of bright colors to complement ethnic as well as Indo-western outfits for women from all walks of life.
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The charm of Terracotta Jewellery lies in the fact that it completely customizable to suit one’s taste and style. And, we assure you that we will help you make one that gracefully ornaments you.