Terracotta Jewellery - The beautiful art of clay!
“I am the soil I am the clay
Life blooms in me and decay
I am full of potential with talent too
Cajole me with your prowess and coo
Your skilled hands may carve me to beautiful art
I may adorn you and stay close to your heart”
How beautifully the above stanzas of an anonymous poem describe the charm of the clay that can be carved into any shape and design and turn them into the delicate yet sturdy and gorgeous pieces of elegant jewellery. If you are thinking, what the clay has to do with the jewellery? Then you might not be aware of the age-old art of Terracotta jewellery. Terracotta jewellery is one of the oldest forms of jewellery in the world. The civilized humans have an inherent love and aesthetic appreciation for art and beauty for thousands of years. The tradition of Terracotta jewellery making and wearing it dates back to ancient civilisation.
Terracotta or the baked earth
Terracotta is an Italian term that stands for dried or baked earth which is generally used for sculpture making and pottery making. The terracotta earthenware includes various items such as sculptures, vessels, vases, and roofing tiles and so on. The word refers the natural rich brownish orange colour of terracotta, which noticeably varies.
History of Terracotta craft
The ancient Indus Valley civilization has been boasting of its uncounted art forms and bestowing on them on the world. The discovery of female figurines along with statues of phallus-shaped stones in Mohenjo-Daro by archaeologists hints that the Terracotta artistry was practised since the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley civilization.
Terracotta Jewellery Making
The making of terracotta jewellery is just the matter of an artisan's love for the clay and passion for the earthen designs. An artist turns the muddy clay into marvellous designs of jewellery with their innovative idea and creativity. The clay carved into beautiful ornaments by culturing the extremely refined clay and rolling and cutting it into shapes and then baking it in the sun or in an oven to stiffen it in order to give it durability. When the clay takes the desired form or shape, the artisan carves it into various shapes of finest ornaments by giving it a fine touch of abstract multicoloured shades. During the process, the raw form of clay takes an artistic form of terracotta jewellery and turns out a versatile piece of elegant jewellery. The unique method of Terracotta jewellery making has not only encouraged a section of women to take part in this craft but also has empowered them with employment. The making of this earthy jewellery is not extensive since this form jewellery has niche clients, only a bunch of art lovers are in involved in the business of making and wearing.
Though terracotta jewellery is for everyone and any woman can flaunt her femininity wearing these earthy adornments on Indian traditional attires yet you need an artistic view to become a fan of this gorgeous craft and appreciate the craftsmanship. This jewellery is the first favourite for the women from the art field. Terracotta art jewellery has the classical dancers, vocalists, academician, and fine art aspirants as its niche clients.
The versatility of clay
Terracotta jewellery is gradually getting popular amongst women of all class and it is becoming a part of modern fashion. Apart from its aesthetic appearance, the terracotta ornament is also popular with women for its versatility. These adornments quite perfectly match with almost every attire. The versatility of this humble jewellery is such that it gives an artistic and authentic look when matched with Indian saree and other Indian ethnic apparels and appears contemporary when paired with modern clothing. The whimsical designs of terracotta fashion jewellery reflect Indian culture and heritage and have rustic and a very earthen appearance. It is in vogue as an accessory with the traditional as well as contemporary wear.
Environment and pocket-friendly
Terracotta fashion ornaments have multiple benefits to own. The clay obtained from mother earth has a cooling property that absorbs excess heat from the body, moreover, it is an eco-friendly ornament that favours your pocket and the environment. Unlike gold, this jewellery is safe to wear anywhere with a hundred per cent of peace of mind.
Mud or clay is one of the elements of ''Pancha Bhoota'' that our body is made of and which consists of five important elements – Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air), and Aakash (space). The right balance of these elements keeps our body at the optimal level. Mud or clay has healing property. Mud bath in the practice of naturopath heals many ailments. Mudpack absorbs excess heat from the body and retains coolness.
Holy clay and the religious practice
A great amount of clay is used for making of idols of Indian deities every year in India. However, in the making of the symbolic idol of Maa Durga during Navratras, takes special kind of clay. As per the Hindu rituals, the preparation of Durga idol requires four different and significant substances. The substances that complete an idol of Durga are cow urine, cow dung, mud taken from the banks of the Ganga, and soil from a prostitute’s territory. Hence, clay is considered and to be auspiciously used for religious practice for ages.
Bring the ancient art to your wardrobe
These earthy adornments are a reflection of our culture, heritage, art and crafts of India. So, take the pride wearing encourage this Indian art to reach on to the global platform. The festive season is around and every offline and online store is decked up with the beautiful array of Terracotta jewellery on their displays. Bring the ancient art to your wardrobe; decorate yourself for with these artist jewellery made of holy clay.