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Exhibition Art Karat showcases its ‘Temple Collection’, inspired by the motifs and designs on India’s ancient temple sculptures

BejewelledSome pieces of jewellery on showPHOTO: H. VIBHU
BejewelledSome pieces of jewellery on showPHOTO: H. VIBHU

Rows and rows of multicoloured glittering beads welcome you at Art Karat’s exhibition on at Abad Plaza. The brand has brought an interesting collection of temple-jewellery inspired designs this time around.

The motifs on the sculptures at Khajuraho, Konark, Tirupati and Tanjore temples find themselves represented in pendants and necklaces, rings and bracelets. The pieces have been crafted in silver, plated with 22k gold and studded with precious stones. The embossed gold in kundan style, gives the jewellery its unique appeal.

Designer Asha Kamal Modi has also drawn from art works and paintings, integrating them with precious stones to enhance the antique effect. Rubies, emeralds and pearls have been used liberally, carved into the forms of gods and goddesses. Ganesha, Tirupati Balaji, Hanuman, all make an appearance on pendants, rings and bracelets.

The Saraswati necklace is without doubt, the centre of attraction. The chunky piece has the rudraksh incorporated with embossed gold and beads. It has the goddess’s form etched on it. The kundan and filigree work adds to the charm of the piece. The craftsmen took a month to fashion it.

“It is not just the motifs seen in murals and temple sculptures that the designers have used. Even the finery that the royal families wore and the jewellery worn by devdasis have inspired the collection,” says Vikas Gupta, public relations officer for Art Karat.

The collection has about 700 designs and the prices start from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 1, 50, 000. The temple collection has drawn great response from the US, the UK, Singapore and Australia, where they were exhibited, Vikas says. The range will be showcased in cities throughout India.

The exhibition is on at Hotel Abad Plaza till January 20. Timings are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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