Yellow and White Haldi Flower Jewelry

Here is a flower jewelry set that I made after a long time. Its quite a departure from my usual sets as its soft, sweet and elegant with pastel yellows and offwhite.In a culturally vibrant and diverse country as India, color and its multitude of expressions is what holds together the contrasting outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions.

Here is a flower jewelry set that I made after a long time. Its quite a departure from my usual sets as its soft, sweet and elegant with pastel yellows and offwhite.
In a culturally vibrant and diverse country as India, color and its multitude of expressions is what holds together the contrasting outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions. Color and its symbolism stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion (Saffron, white, green), politics (red, black, saffron), or festivals (multi colors). Color is entwined with Culture here and is an integral part of the rituals and traditions.
Colors like red, maroon, bright or golden yellow and green are used the most during celebrations – festivals and weddings alike. Bright, deep or dark colors are usually preferred and the only exception to that is the use of light yellow. Bright yellow is related to the intellect and is supposed to help keep you calm and cool during stressful yet auspicious occasions like weddings. It is also denotes purity, fertility and prosperity.

haldi yellow flower jewelry


Light or pale yellow considered pale or sickly by western standards is considered to be the color of sanctity, optimism and cheer here. As white is considered inauspicious, during weddings white fabrics and clothes are dipped in turmeric water which results in them becoming a light yellow color and in a lot of communities (esp in south India) these dip-dyed clothes are worn as the bridal attire during weddings. As turmeric is a known antiseptic, a fabric dipped in turmeric is considered to be a symbol of a protection barrier or threshold that keeps out evil eyes and negative vibrations.

haldi yellow flower haath phool

This is very interesting because apart from the yellowed white fabrics (dyed as described above) washed clothes or fabrics are considered impure and are hence not worn by the bride or groom during the wedding. Strangely, silk is the only fabric that is considered to be pure even when its not washed. Talking about wedding traditions I wrote about the Haldi or Pithi ceremony in one of my old flower jewelry posts. In the south Turmeric paste is applied to strings tied on the hand and the Thirumangalyam to emphasise not just the moralities of chastity and purity but also celebrate the fertility of a woman

haldi yellow flower jewellery

This set in yellow and offwhite contains a simple choker, a long raanihaar, a tikka, earrings and haath phool. It would be interesting to see how this bride styles her look with my jewelry.
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Flower jewelry collection

Hey guys, I am running around hither and thither trying to plan for and arrange my 2 week Learn-a-cation. In the meanwhile here are some pictures of bridal flower jewelry that I made in July and August so far

Hey guys, I am running around hither and thither trying to plan for and arrange my 2 week Learn-a-cation. In the meanwhile here are some pictures of bridal flower jewelry that I made in July and August so far. Please excuse me for any delay in replying to your comments, messages or emails for the next 2 weeks. Any and all fresh orders, reorders will be taken up only in the second week of September.

Green and gold ribbon rose bridal set
Bridal set for a prewedding event made with ribbon roses in 2 shades of green and acrylic gold beads. Set includes – a short necklace, a long raanihaar, earrings, bracelets (hath phool) and a half matha patti (forehead ornament)

Green and gold ribbon rose bridal set

Red rose and pearl set
This set is slightly different take on my most requested red rose set, with curly roses instead of bud roses with pearl beads. It was made for a Godh Bharai function (a North Indian traditional baby shower which means filling up the mother’s lap with Abundance)
Set includes – a short bib necklace, a long necklace, earrings, bracelets (hath phool), armlets, anklets, a waistband and a maang tikka (forehead ornament). You can see the beautiful mother to be wearing it here.

Red rose and pearl set

 

Red rose anklets


Red rose waistband

 

Bridal Party favours
An old client wanted some fun yet traditional bridal favours made and I made 22 of these ribbon rose matha pattis for her. They have ribbon roses in two tints of yellow strung together with white pearl beads

yellow rose matha patti
bridal party favours
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Bridesmaid gifts – Flower Jewelry

Bridesmaid gifts is a relatively new concept in India . Though we do buy new clothes and very rarely jewelry trinkets for our close relatives, hardly anybody will wear it for the actual wedding as it won’t be grand enough for a wedding

Bridesmaid gifts is a relatively new concept in India . Though we do buy new clothes and very rarely jewelry trinkets for our close relatives, hardly anybody will wear it for the actual wedding as it won’t be grand enough for a wedding. But with Flower Jewelry gaining popularity, many Indian and NonresidentIndian (NRI) brides have turned to Flower jewelry as Bridesmaid gifts for their pre-wedding festivities
This US based bride wanted initially Half matha pattis as gifts for her sisters and sister-in-laws to match with their green and gold outfits for her Gaye Holud Ceremony. Slowly as we got talking, the gift grew to accommodate long necklaces and matching earrings.


The challenge here was to design pieces that were grand enough to be worn to a wedding, yet not so grand that they’ll upstage the bride. Also, there had to be a small difference between two sets of design (I presume two sets were for the bride’s own sisters and the other two for her inlaws) So, out of the four two were three strand necklaces with three big and two small flowers as the focal and the other two were two strand necklaces with two big and one small flower each as a focal. In the picture below, you can see both the two strand 3mm bead necklaces with flower focals.


The green swatch that I worked with was tricky – it was an unusual green that you usually won’t find in ribbons. So I superimposed ribbon roses of 2 shades of green to arrive at the perfect color.

As these were gifts, I went with simple yet festive packaging (check them out on my Instagram page). I used hot pink earrings cards (upcycled from unused handmade paper left behind by students) with a little gold star tape and I used pink tissue paper (used by jewelry stores to wrap silver jewelry) and printed out little green Sayuri labels. They are so pretty, aren’t they?


So what did the lovely bride get for herself as Gaye Holud Jewelry? The rich red flower set with red bud roses and gold beads. It is a set with a choker with a single rose, chest length necklace, earrings, Haathphool and matha tikka (single line matha patti) or forehead ornament.


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So what do you think of Flower Jewelry as quirky cultural bridesmaids gifts? Even if you do not follow the customs or rituals I think that these trinkets would make fun, colorful and economical gifts for friends and family.

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Coral Pink Paper rose jewelry

It fairly common knowledge that roses stand for beauty, love and affection. A rose is a symbol completion, perfection and is effective communicator of emotion

It fairly common knowledge that roses stand for beauty, love and affection. A rose is a symbol completion, perfection and is effective communicator of emotion. What is uncommon though, is that different colors of roses have different meanings. White stands for purity, innocence and respect, yellow for friendship and warmth, red stands for love and passion and pink denotes sweetness, happiness or gratitude and finally black roses stand for death or hatred. I remember these meanings being drilled into my head a decade ago, by a friend of mine who organised “Rose day” celebrations at his college. But then I never bothered to ask what coral or coral-pink roses meant. That is until now.

Coral Pink Paper rose jewelry
After quick online search, I found out that the meaning depends on how pink or how orange the rose is. In the end , however, they all seem to signify love, desire and appreciation. When I started working on a set that required coral pink flowers (more pink than coral though) I wanted it to portray the emotions that it stood for – something that was beautiful and desirable.

If the stunning hot pink aka Maharani Pink Bridal Jewelry, depicted passion and richness then this pink Paper rose jewelry set is about being more elegant. The Indian bride from South Africa for whom I made this set in march, specifically wanted jewellery that matched her coral pink and purple lehengha. Instead of sourcing for coral pink roses ( and frustrating myself in the process as they are hard to find) I used baby pink roses and distressed them with orange metallic paint. To match the work on the skirt I used gold and purple beads to complete the set.

Coral Pink bridal flower jewelry

The set comprises of a short necklace, drop earrings, single strand hair ornament matha tikka (a term coined by my student to describe a single strand matha patti) and Haath phool bracelets. I made the bracelets adjustable with a gold cord tie up.


I think that this is the shortest post in JOS history, but for once I wanted to let the pictures do the talking. Do share your thoughts on it. I am thankful that I was able to write the bulk of this post last week as I had a nasty fall on Monday and my head is still quite not right. I hope that it gets sorted by my birthday tomorrow.

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Maha Rani pink Bridal Jewelry

In Indian languages especially in Hindi, colors are named after certain objects – fruits, herbs or even nature.

In Indian languages especially in Hindi, colors are named after certain objects – fruits, herbs or even nature. For example, Sky blue is called Aasmaani (like the sky), olive green is called Mehendi (after henna), pink is called Gulabi (after a rose) and Gray is called Saleti (after slate). But them some names are peculiar and it makes it hard to trace their origins. Case in point – Rani!
Rani refers to a hot pink colour (I don’t know the story behind it, and do tell me in the comments if you know). It is more saturated than a magenta and yet darker than pink. Its vibrant, strong, saturated, rich, and full of life and maybe that is why it is called Rani or Queen (of colors). No wonder I chose it as the brand colour (albeit a slightly darker shade) of Sayuri.
Though hot pink is a very common colour in fabrics, it is very difficult to source jewelry supplies for it. A Supplier once told me that the hot pink color is very difficult to achieve while dyeing beads as they tend to lose out the vibrancy very fast and for the extra trouble, they are priced higher than similar beads of other colors.
I get a lot of requests for rani pink flower jewelry, but I turn down most of them as I find it very hard to source hot pink flowers. Here are pictures of two similar sets I made recently after a lot of hunting for materials. Take a look.

Rani pink Bridal Jewelry


After I made the first set, I realised that it look more royal than I excepted so I thought why not call it maharani pink instead of rani pink. Most dictionaries describe or Define “Maharani” as the wife of a Maharaja, an empress to an emperor but is that all, what makes one a Maharani?

Rani pink Bridal Jewelry

Most vernacular languages, have words that lose their emotion (or feeling) when translated into English. I feel that Maharani is one of them. More than a position, it is an endearment, an estimation of how beautiful someone is. Where I come from, there are endearing terms that a loved one uses to describe a girl/woman who is traditionally dressed (usually a saree and jewellery). These words will be accompanied by gazes of love (adoration), pride and most often than not , a long sigh! For instance, a father would refer to his daughter as “Rani” or queen, a boyfriend or a husband who call her his “devathai” or angel and the grandmother would call her a “Maharani” blessing her with a long and fruitful life.

Maang tikka and haathphool
Indian bridal jewellery might start at the crown of the head but a lot of importance is given to what is worn on the feet. Toerings due to their ability to compress pressure points impacting fertility have the foremost importance but anklets come a close second. In my first set, I made an exotic looking mixed flower anklet with 8 different types of flowers. The idea here is that every bride should dress up her feet as she takes the first step towards holy matrimony. Too cheesy? I thought so too!


In the first set, I made a statement Five strand Ranihaar in pink and gold with red, pink and a gold bead choker necklace with red and pink roses. I used bud roses, full roses, button roses and daisies in 3 different colors to create bracelets, rings, anklets, headpiece, armlets (first image of this post) and clips for the braid.

The second set was simpler with just the long necklace in a different pattern, a simple choker, grander headpiece, 2 flower earrings and slave bracelet with similar flowers.

Norman Mailer once said that “The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you….”

So here‘s to all the heartfelt love and the beautiful jewelry that make gorgeous women even more fabulous– that make them the Maharanis of the world.

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Gaye Holud ribbon jewellery

There is saying in the teaching community that goes like this “The more time you give students to complete their work, the less productive they get; so might as well give them a sharp deadline” Why? because they are going to do it only at the last possible moment.

There is saying in the teaching community that goes like this “The more time you give students to complete their work, the less productive they get; so might as well give them a sharp deadline” Why? because they are going to do it only at the last possible moment. Of late, I have come to realise that this holds true for people in general and not just students. Case in point, this post which I was supposed to write a month back.
In January when I was knee deep in work, I got a message asking for an urgent set for a Gaye holud ceremony that was bright and colorful and to be shipped in less than a week’s time. I seldom take assignments with a very short lead time as managing the logistics of sourcing and shipping can be very stressful even if you can get the product done fast. But this time, I did.

Gaye Holud ribbon jewellery


The only way I could do it in the given time frame was by using premade ribbon flowers. We agreed to use colors like red, lemon yellow and green along with gold accents to match with a simple Daccai cotton saree – yellow with a green border. We brainstormed on a lot of different design ideas where the Pinterest board that I have on Bridal Flower jewellery came in quite handy. You can find the inspiration for this particular set here


Some designs take a lot of experimentation and a lot of time to figure out how exactly it can be put together and some are very simple that you can figure it out all in your head, even before you pick up a single tool or supply. This entire set belongs to the second category. As soon as I bought the materials I realized how I would put it together and once I started working it got done within 3-4 hours. I just had to make a few measurement corrections the next day and add one more piece to the set – the choker. Overall it was quite breezy to make it. But that is when the self-doubt started.

Gaye Holud gota jewellery

I was raised with the belief that if something goes off very smoothly or that it is too good to be true, it probably isn’t. So after making the first necklace, I got thinking – is it good? Is it wearable? Is it too bright? Is it too shiny? I have never seen anybody wear anything like it before (only seen ornaments created like this for deities) let alone make something like it. Panic! Panic!

Red, yellow and green is a very traditional Indian color combination, something that I have managed to stay away from, for all my teen and adult life. Personally, I am more of a deeps and darks kind of girl so I found this colour combination along with gold a little too bold. But my design training has taught how that in order to expand your repertoire of designs, you need to step out of your comfort zone. So I did what I normally do to boost up my confidence, research!
Gaye Holud ribbon jewellery

I read up on traditional Bangla ornaments – their names, forms and usage. I read up on Gaye holud practices and traditions, the colors, materials and textured they used and what they meant.I read that, traditionally, not just the bride but also her attendants (friends) and close family also wear red, green, and yellow colors as they symbolize purity, sanctity, fertility, prosperity, piety and strength. During the wedding, A bengali bride wear ornaments like Cheek – Choker, Taira/Tikli – Forehead ornament, Ratnachur – Haath phool (slave bracelet), shakha-Paul baala- coral and shell bangles, and kaan pasha – ear studs or kaan bala – earrings (bangle for the ear).

A Screenshot from the 2003 Movie Choker Bali, where Aishwariya Rai is seen dressed up as a Bengali Bride

Still I was left with a nagging doubt. I have only seen Bengali brides wear a tight forehead ornament (Taira- Tikle) and a Crown (mukut made of Sholapith) on the head and never a multi strand directional headpiece like what I made. On further research (and using a little bit of common sense) I figured out that this could have been the traditional style and the Taira could been a British influence as it is used to hold down the veil (orna) which is thin tulle, very different from the thick Odhnis that Brides of North and west India wear but similar to the veils of the 18th-19th century English women.

In between my research, I tried the pieces on to check for fit and for an impromptu selfie. Ok I did put on a little lipstick, eyeliner and draped my mother’s saree and took a few pics. I looked so different – like some yesteryear Maharani or Zamindarini that I started experimenting with the filters, wondering how I would look If I was dressed up like this 90, 60, or 40 years ago. I could imagine myself in a carved wooden haveli, all dressed up, waiting for an all important photographer to come take a portrait picture. Another five minutes of my life spent imagining myself as a princess and coming to the conclusion that the pieces indeed looked good.

Thus with all my fears put to rest, I completed the set. This set is made of gold gota and ribbon roses in red, yellow and green contains a long mala – necklace in tie up style, a beaded choker, round dangling disc earrings, armlets, head ornament and haath phool (slave bracelet and ring). The bride loved it and sent a message saying

I can’t thank you enough.. You have built a relationship now and I will suggest all my friends to get their gaye holud jewelry from you. Thank you so much.”

Well if that isnt enough, I dont know what is! Overall it was a very fulfilling process and I must really thank Sowmya for trusting me and giving me this opportunity to be a part of her wedding. It gave me a chance to get out of my comfort zone and learn something new. It enriched me as a designer and as a person so thanks to her for that.

Information sources
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Elegant Eves


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Floral Hair Accessories – a master class

In my post on Tuberose – real flower jewelry, I wrote about how I wanted to learn netting and to make floral hair accessories. I found an excellent tutor, Bhuvana of Bhuvana’s floral venis near my home and after many cancellations and postponements (I am not the easiest student!) I finally attended one of her workshops on January 26th.

In my post on Tuberose – real flower jewelry, I wrote about how I wanted to learn netting and to make floral hair accessories. I found an excellent tutor, Bhuvana of Bhuvana’s floral venis near my home and after many cancellations and postponements (I am not the easiest student!) I finally attended one of her workshops on January 26th. She was so sweet to customise the workshop for me, as I told her that I already knew some of the techniques she was teaching and wanted to learn other more advanced techniques instead. That was really magnanimous on her part, as it is not easy, to teach different techniques to different, that too in a group setting.
After Flag hoisting at my college ( It was republic day), I came home, took some much needed rest and then went to the workshop around 1PM. It was already in full swing (with the other participants attending a full day workshop) with Side bun clips and Venis being made.

Floral Hair Accessories, veni
Veni
A Veni is a Hair accessory either like a small garland or semi circular in shape which is worn over/around a plait or a hair bun and is tied at the nape of the neck. Maharashtrian women wear Veni (shaped liek a half moon and usually embellished with stones and pearls) as a separate gold ornament tucked into their hair buns. I learnt to make three kinds of flat venis using Tuberose, Orchid flower petals and gebra daisies (see above and below pictures). You can also make full round venis using real rose petals, jasmine buds or artificial flowers. Though the flat ones can be made only through knotting, the round ones can be made either through stringing, stitching or knotting depending on the flower used.
 
Floral Hair Accessories, tuberose veni
 
orchid veni for weddings

I had tried to make it one before by myself following a Youtube tutorial by K Sripriya Kanigolla
but I really couldnt get it right. Bhuvana taught me to do it in a slightly different way which was quite easy to follow. It was one of those “Ahah” moments when I realised the value of a personal, face to face masterclass compared to self learning. Still, here is the Youtube video so that you can get an idea of how the tuberose-daisy veni can be made.

 

How to wear veni?
Venis can be worn by both kids as well as adults with chest length hair (enough to make a ponytail). For long braids or big knots, artificial hair is added. Prior to wearing any flower hair accessories, hair must must combed, tied, knotted, plaited or secured as necessary. Hair oil or hair spray can be used to keep the hair in place. Accessories on the head are added either during this stage or in the process of combing depending on their placement.

Coming to the arrangement of the veni, it must be tied at the nape of the neck using the threads provided at the end of the flowers. The end cords can be tucked into the plait and hidden from view. Then the veni must be secured on the head using “U” pins or bobby pins at equal intervals or stiched on to the hair using needle and thread. Since venis are lightweight, upto three different ones can be worn on the hair at the same time but when wearing more than one, hair dressers recommend using the needle and thread method as too many pins on the hair can be uncomfortable.

Here is a picture taken during a hair and makeup workshop I organised for my students in late 2015. You can see a student model posing in a simple yet traditional South Indian celebratory hairdo. She is wearing moon beam flower round veni (sprayed gold) and Jada billai (tear drop embellishments) through the length of her braid apart from a Rakodi on her skull, tikka (netti chutti) at her forehead and kunjalam (tassel) at the end of her braid. This is a very simple look meant for smaller functions or for bridesmaids. The bridal hairdo is much more elaborate.

This was not the end of my workshop as I learnt how to make floral nets too, come back in a couple of days to read the part two of this post. In the meanwhile do share your thoughts in the comments.
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Pink paper flowers bridal set

Disney might have put the concept of “a princess in pink” in our heads, but in reality it the clothing mavericks who tied in the pink with gold making it a wedding staple. A good 5-6 years ago, I remember Pink being touted as the “newest color” in Indian weddings.

Disney might have put the concept of “a princess in pink” in our heads, but in reality it the clothing mavericks who tied in the pink with gold making it a wedding staple. A good 5-6 years ago, I remember Pink being touted as the “newest color” in Indian weddings. Gone were the days when the bride would dress up in a regal scarlet or a bright red. Even oranges and yellow were passe and pink was the “in thing”. The internet too was awash with Christian brides in white and bridesmaids in pink. Going by the requests I still get for pink rose sets, I guess pink has retained its position as the top contender in the bridal scene.

I have nothing against brides who wear hot pink, infact I am quite drawn to the color lately, but it is also the most difficult to source (particularly paper roses) which makes me go crazy. To complete this set and another one (coming up soon) I had to look at 10-15 different sites just for the flowers. For this particular set, I was working against time so after a week of frenzied hunting, I decided that I would include daisies with roses and bring in an element of white into the set.

This might not sound like a very big deal to those of you who haven’t really catered to the wedding industry. But those who have experience in that area, would totally get my point. At Indian weddings you don’t communicate just with the bride but also her relatives (in-laws), friends and family and that is when you have a lot of convincing to do. Thankfully, this time around, because of the time crunch, it was easy.

Armed with micro roses, daisies and packets of gold beads, here is what I made. The set consisting of a triple strand necklace, earrings, haathphool, maang tikka (forehead ornament) and waist belt.
 
I usually do my photography during weekends in natural light, but this time I tried the pictures (with the white background) late at night using my newly bought Foldio. Excepting the hand picture (which is just cropped and watermarked) the other two are heavily edited as the background looked more gray than white. I wanted to write an exclusive post on it showing examples of various lighting setups that you could and even shot the pictures but they have been sitting in my computer for a while now without any labels and so I have no clue which picture belongs to which setup.

Since I haven’t assembled the Foldio, I shall repeat the exercise and write a post. I just might need a little motivation to do so. In the meanwhile, so tell me your opinions on the colour Pink – do you love it, hate it, would wear it and your thoughts on pink being a bridal color.

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Wedding favours – jhoomars

A few months back, a to-be bride wrote to me asking if I could do a flower jewelry set. During our discussion, she suddenly asked me if I could make a passa or jhoomar

A few months back, a to-be bride wrote to me asking if I could do a flower jewelry set. During our discussion, she suddenly asked me if I could make a passa or jhoomar. Having no idea what it was, I turned to google and found that a jhoomar could be
Jhoomar – A (generally) large cascading chandelier or a light fixture.
Jhoomar – A Pakistani film written and directed by Syed Noor
Jhoomar – A form of fold music and dance that is accompanied by a lot of swaying and said to originated in Balochistan
Jhoomar – A fan shaped hair/head ornament worn on the side of the head by brides or dancers; also known as a Passa

The Passa looked harmless so I said that I could make one but then she told me that she wanted – a light weight jhoomar with no stones, pearls, preferably with flowers, triangular in shape,using gota, without circular base, in colors of her choice and within her budget!! Whew! I made 2-3 samples and sent her. She really liked one but I wasnt convinced about the finish and outcome nevertheless I figured I could make one piece easily.
But then came the shocker – she wanted 50 of them to be given away as wedding favours for her sangeet function which is a pre-wedding song and dance event – kinda like a bachelorette party. I was dumbfounded. I had never made a proper jhoomar in my life before with these materials (which were not available in Chennai) but to make 50 of them in less than 15 days time within the budget was impossible. I tried saying no; neither could I do it according to my quality standards nor I could make so many pieces. But then the bride convinced me somehow to make them for her.

flower jhoomar wedding favors
The red – orange-pink palette

Let me be honest here – The bride did give me a reference pic of a really beautiful jhoomar but none of the materials to make it were readily available in Chennai and I wasnt convinced that I could make everything from scratch at her budget. So I compromised. I looked for similar materials – gold roses, colored micro roses, cord and sequin tape. But as bad luck would have it my local stores like me did not believe in mass production and so I couldnt get the materials I wanted and had used in my sample. My mom sweetly stepped in and hunted stores, throughout the city to get gold roses for me. She did find them but they were bigger and shinier than what we wanted but we had to make do with them. I wasn’t really sure if they would turn out right and informed my client giving her alternate options. But then she had her heart set on one design and asked me to do it in the best possible way.

gota jhoomar wedding favors
The blue-violet palette

Armed with my trusty glue gun, I started to work. Each jhoomar had about 7 layers – the gold roses, colored micro roses, stones on top, cord and sequin tape, the base felt. and the dangles to complete them. We had originally planned that it would be worn on the hair with just a hair pin but the bride wanted some type of hook. The necklace hooks were too big and clumsy to be used on the head and we wanted something more delicate. We looked around the house and found a packet of blouse hooks that I had bought during my college days. (Yes! we are hoarders!!) The whole process was elaborate and had to be done 50+1 times letting the pieces cool between each layer. However we didn’t like the finish. So my mom and I started sewing the tapes shut and attached them to the roses and then attached hooks to to them. Our hands were numb half way from all the needle pokes while sewing through 6 layers of the tape.

ribbon flower jhoomar wedding favors

It took my mom and me a good part of 2 weeks to finish them due to my day job. I would rush home after work, finish my prep for the next day’s class, thrown in an occasional blog post and would start working on them. After going through 2 sheets of felt, 714 roses, 5 sticks of glue and a box full of dangles, they were finally done and we were so happy. Maybe a little disappointed with the overall look but happy. They were decently finished, colorful, lightweight, done on time, and within the budget. They did turn out a little bigger than we imagined (they would have been so much prettier if they were daintier) and we would have liked an actual gota for the tapes and roses but we had never thought we would be able to actually make something like this – so ‘A’ for effort!

Though I wont be taking on a project like this any time soon, I learnt a lot about tackling the challenge of production, assembly line setups, variations, etc. I couldn’t have completed the 51 pieces (we made one for the bride too!) without my mom’s help, so a huge Thank you to her 🙂 The next time I do something like this I think that I’ll be more prepared and clear regarding expectations, outcomes and the effort required for it. Despite everything, it was a fun project and I hope that it was close to what the bride had in her mind and that her guests enjoyed wearing them.

So tell me, in the comments, about the time when you were faced with a similar challenge. How did you tackle it?

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Gaye Holud Jewellery

The first and the only Haldi ceremony that I have attended till date was in 2009 when I had visited Haldia, West Bengal, for my Bengali Friend’s wedding.

The first and the only Haldi ceremony that I have attended till date was in 2009 when I had visited Haldia, West Bengal, for my Bengali Friend’s wedding. It started with prayers by the priest and her maternal uncle after which women applied turmeric on my friend. In the end we all played with turmeric water having fun and toasting to her upcoming wedding.
Recently I was contacted by a client from England asking me to make flower jewelry for a muslim “Gaye Holud” ceremony. I knew that a Gaye Holud was similar to haldi but was surprised to know that Muslims follow it too. In my research, later, I found that Gaye Holud is a Bengali custom— celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims from both India as well as Bangladesh. It is a pre-wedding ritual when the groom’s family visits the bride and presents her with her sweets, wedding clothes and jewelry and sometimes two fishes that are dressed up like a couple. Traditionally people put up a stage or some background fabric decorations if done at home but these days you can find folks going for elaborate dos and themed/color coded parties filed with musical performances, dance and merry making. My friend’s Haldi (we didnt even call it Gaye Holud then) in contrast was a very simple affair with close friends and family, ofcourse followed by a lot of food. However it is conducted, events such as this, in my opinion, help connect the families of the bride and groom together, as in India, you dont marry a person, you marry a family!

 

Gaye Holud Jewellery haath phool

Coming back to set in question, my client wanted a red and white set to match with her Red and white theme and after a lot of discussion we added some gold to it for a royal look. Red, like I discussed in one of my earlier posts, is considered a very auspicious color and hence is very popular choice for wedding jewelry. But I do hope that, soon, I would get an opportunity to work with other colors.

Gaye Holud Jewellery
Gaye Holud Jewellery

This set in red, white and gold comprises of a short, choker necklace, a long necklace, a pair of earrings, double strand bracelet style Haath Phool and a grand 3 line matha patti.

Remember the seematham real flower set where I talked about making a grand matha patti for the first time? Well, the experience really helped me with this set as this one was even more complicated. The design in consideration have 2 focals and in total 9 strands of beads, three each coming out in three different directions. It took a lot of trial and error to figure out how to do it. If the beads stayed on the forehead the flowers would droop down and when the flowers stayed put the beads were weird. I made it 4 times before it turned out decent looking as you can see in the picture below. I just hope, with fingers crossed, that it looks good on the Bride or all this effort would have been for naught.

matha patti Gaye Holud Jewellery


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