Indian bridal jewellery tends to be region-specific and often the jewels are loaded with cultural and traditional symbolism. Each piece of jewellery has relevance for its inclusion. In continuation with our six-part series, ADORN presents some exquisitely handcrafted jewellery pieces worn by a bride from Bengal. Abounding with naksha (embroidery), filigree (fine wire work) and enamel, the delicate and tantalising jewellery pieces seem like lightweight gold drapes. The Bengali bride-to-be is spoilt for choice as she goes about selecting jhumkas, kaan balas, lahiri haars and chik to bedeck herself for the special day. The crowning glory, of course, is a mukut (ornate headdress) that makes her look like a princess.
All Jewellery | P.C. CHANDRA JEWELLERS, KOLKATA
Illustration | SAUDAMINI TAMBAY