Tamil Nadu Crafts
Tamilnadu is an important state in the southern part of India. Standing on the coasts of Bay of Bengal this state is gifted with plenty of handicrafts and master craftsmen. Handicrafts vary from sea products to enthralling stone structures. Some important crafts of the state are discussed below :
JewelryAs in other parts of India, Tamil Nadu has its own traditional jewelry-especially the stone-encrusted jewelry, which reached its pinnacle here. The people of this state still have a strong belief in the efficacy of the navaratnas (nine gems) in warding off evil and enhancing the beneficial effects of planets. It is not surprising then that they find common use in women's jewelry here.
The ornaments, which are most common to this part of south India are the oddiyaanam (gold waist belt), vanki (armlet) and jimiki (eardrop), which are traditionally crafted and finished with great dexterity. The jimiki is a bell-shaped ear jewel set in coloured stones with pearls hanging at the lower end, and hangs from the lotus shaped kammal of diamonds or rubies worn on the lower lobe of the ear.
Another beautiful jewel is the maattal of gold or pearls attached to the lower end of the kammal and hooked on to the hair to take the weight of the ornaments. Neck jewellery is a world apart and the variety is endless. The
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