Yesterday I spoke about Puja Bhargava’s exquisite jewelry brand Lai.
Now, Lai is not the only thing Puja is involved with. She has initiated the Indian Jewellery Project (IJP), which she says, is essentially is an attempt to crowd source the visual history of Indian jewellery through personal archives of families. Doesn’t that sound interesting? And what exactly does this mean?
Anyone can contribute photos (with emphasis on the jewellery worn there in) from their family albums to compile what Puja hopes, with time, can become a big enough source of reference as to what kind & how jewellery used to be worn in days gone by. It can be a cause for delight and inspiration too, and I commend Puja on this initiative.
Source: Prema Rangappa. Decr: I live in Bangalore, Karnataka. The jewelry piece on display is a gold chain with a “padhaka” ( In Kannada). Padhaka translates to pendant. The pendant is typical in South India, consisting of red stones and pearls. The piece was made on order around 1970.
Pic credit: The first pic was contributed byJoy Deshmukh-Ranadive. It is in fact a brass pendant worn by her mother.