Learn About the Decorative Art of India

Textiles and decorative arts are a passion of mine. Imagine being able to touch velvets and embroidered silks from the past and see their vivid colors. And I could gaze at intricate patterns and inlaid enamel all day. When I saw these two books from a fabulous Etsy shop: Old Silk Route, I bought them immediately. They did not disappoint.

I took pictures of the images to share with you some of my biggest inspirations for the Indian-inspired jewelry I make. Here are a few of my favorites from the first book on Indian decorative art. The cover of the book is gorgeous, with a red and turquoise floral design from Akbar’s Tomb.

Decorative Art of India by Susan Stronge

Decorative Art of India cover

The contents of the book are all plates on architecture, textiles, pottery, ivory carving, bidri ware, inlaid work, and Jaipur enamels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood and ivory mosaic

Wood and ivory mosaic

This lovely tree with the bird on it is from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It’s made from wood and ivory and clearly shows that putting a bird on it has had a long-lasting and glorious history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two pictures below show beautiful blue pottery designs from Multan.

Multan Pottery

Multan Pottery

Multan Pottery

Multan Pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic from Jahangir's Tomb

Mosaic from Jahangir’s Tomb

 

A lovely botanical mosaic in greens, blues, and mustard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, an inspirational picture of a Jaipur enameled necklace set.

Jaipur Enameled Necklace

Jaipur Enameled Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The art of enameling, or Meenakari, is still used in India to make beautiful jewelry. I made some jewelry from vintage pieces of enameled pendants, simpler than the ornate pieces above. I made this sweet turquoise necklace and wirewrapped it to an aqua Czech glass cathedral cut bead. It’s a petite and dainty necklace.

Turquoise Enameled Meenakari Necklace

Turquoise Enameled Meenakari Necklace

Chandelier Peacock Earrings

Plum Meenakari Chandelier Peacock Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am very proud of these plum peacock and gold earrings. I combined the plum enameled drops with the peacock tail-shaped gold connector and added delicate iridescent peacock coated Czech glass beads to add glittery movement.

 

 

 

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