Handicraft Findings of the Past, Enjoy Attention Today

By: Paul Shane

As time progressed, the jewellery industry has witnessed the innovation and usage of different kinds of materials in making fashionable and trendy jewellery from time to time. Such materials have defined trends and times, and sometimes even a whole era has been named after the discovery and frequent usage of any specific metal or element. The usage of different materials in jewellery and accessories, dresses and attires have been proven by the handicraft findings from archaeological surveys and study of history.

Some of the innovations of the past are still enjoying huge popularity in the jewellery industry prevalent around the world. And not just the past, even to this day, there are clans and tribes, like in South Asian countries and in African region, where people are closer to nature. Handicraft findings and small-scale manufacturing point to the fact that people are making, selling, buying and wearing jewellery that fall under handicraft category.

Jewellery that is considered a part of has immense popularity, especially those which belong to cultures and civilisations of the past. There is usage of various kinds of masks as pendants, bones in traditional earrings and rustic lavaliere, cowry shells in all kinds of jewellery and accessories, wood in bracelets and armlets, and many more such material that evoke a crude and folksy appeal. The designs and the material used to make such jewellery are rough to touch and have dull lustre.

There is extensive usage of flora and fauna designs in . Animals like zebra, cheetah, giraffe, tiger, fish, birds etc. have repeatedly been the inspiration in the designs of such ornaments. Designs are carved into wood or other impressionable material to get the desired look. These days, of handicraft findings is not restricted to materials close to nature. A conglomeration with pearls, beads, gemstones and various metals have helped in the huge development of the handicraft jewellery industry.

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