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Indian Folk Jewellery: Designs and Techniques

Waltraud Ganguly (Author)

This book outlines the use of folk jewellery in India, beginning with the typical jewellery of brides in Rajasthan and tamil Nadu, followed by the various types of ornaments commonly worn by Indian women from head to toe including an article about the representation of snakes in Indian jewellery-using states are described individually and in detail; a last chapter deals with the symbolism and importance of amulets.

Providing a vivid impression of the skills and aesthetic sensibility of the Indian goldsmiths, a special chapter about the unique Indian techniques like kundan, thewa, gem inlay in jade, moulding and meenakari is most enlightening also for designers and jewellers.

This book is of great benefit for the jewellery lover and collector as well as for designer and jewellery dealer by answering many frequently asked questions and showing more than 370 marvellous colour illustrations of ornaments and persons.

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About the author

Waltraud Ganguly

Waltraud Ganguly was born in Germany and holds a degree in medicine. She feels attracted to India since she was a student in Heidelberg. In 1971, she was married to an Indian, with whom she lives in Germany. From the very beginning of her contact to the country, Dr. Ganguly was fascinated by the customs and traditions of the Indian village people. Her special interest is the significance of the old customary rural ornaments, especially ear and head ornaments. In order to gather authentic information and photographs of traditional earrings and of the people wearing them, she conducted intensive field work throughout India, accompanied by her husband. Since 1995, the couple covered more than 40,000 km on fifteen trips. The author has held lectures and exhibitions on Indian earrings in Chennai, Berlin, Heidelberg and London.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Folk Jewellery: Designs and Techniques
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.04.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350502129
length 128p., Illustrations; Colour; Maps; 29cm.