What is Terracotta Jewellery? History and origin
The origin of terracotta jewelry can be traced from the Indus valley civilization. As a form of women’s jewellery it has maintained its style, simplicity, beauty and elegance. And over the last few thousands of years, it had managed to retain its special place in civilisations. One of the most iconic statues of human civilization is the terracotta statue of mother goddess from Mohenjodaro.
Terracotta jewelry has recently seen a huge surge in its demand thanks to college goers. It is affordable and elegant and versatile. It also makes a strong, desi fashion statement.
MAKING PROCESS OF TERRACOTTA JEWELLERY
Terracotta literally means baked earth and is usually made from clay, giving it a reddish brown color.
The clay used for making terracotta jewelry is usually thin in its consistency thus making for easy shaping and colouring. This clay is then dried under the sun, crushed and then soaked in water. Then sieve is used to filter the clay and then the filtered clay is dried and cut into pieces, shapes as needed.
Preparing the clay is a labour intensive process. The process is as follows:
- Purifying, cleaning and removing dust particles.
- Mixed with water.
- Packed in an air-tight container to avoid moisture or dryness creeping in.
- Modeling and designing with hands.
- Once the basic design is created, artisans insert a wire or a thread at the center like a u-shaped suspended hook.
- This is then joined to the jumper ring and the art piece is then baked.
- Once the design is completed, the jewellery is air dried or kept out in the sun for at least two days for drying.
For appeal to contemporary aesthetics, terracotta jewellery is now painted with acrylic paint and glazed.
Benefits of Wearing Terracotta Jewellery
Terracotta jewelry is a comparatively cheap, but comes with great designs, vibrant colours and elegance.
Being eco friendly and artistic, it is a great hit with women who are conscious about fashion and nature.
Terracotta jewellery is totally non-reactive in nature and does not cause allergies at all.
Available Price Range:
Terracotta jewelry is considered to be inexpensive jewelry. The price range can start from few hundreds and may go up to few thousands of rupees at the most. However, the intricate designs, primarily made by hand have, it can fetch a good price given the labour and time taken to craft each piece of jewellery. Chances are no two pieces of terracotta jewellery would be similar. Not only because it is painstakingly and crafted, but also because skilled artisans are rare to find these days. And these factors alone can command a good price.
What to Wear with Terracotta Jewellery?
Simple terracotta jewelry can be worn with ethnic, semi-formal or everyday wear. You can wear terracotta jhumkas, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings with your salwar suits, kurtis, sarees and even summery skirts.
Artisans are also creating modern designs for terracotta jewellery, making them a great addition to western attire.
How To Care
Terracotta jewelry is not known to be hard and sturdy and thus requires careful and a bit of delicate handling. It needs simple care and should be wiped with moist cloth. However using water for caring the jewelry is a strict no-no.
Terracotta jewelry should not be exposed or brought near chemicals, perfume, alcohol etc.
Terracotta jewelry is fragile, so avoid dropping your jewellery or careless handling.