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Beautiful Kudan Work SareesBy Expert Author: menaka poonam
Kundan work involved setting costly gemstones with pure gold foil between the stones and the mount. This is supposed to be the earliest forms of jewellery adornment in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This was a popular art during Mughal times. Kundan means highly refined gold, i.e. refined and pure molten gold is used. Kundan jewellery is created by setting carefully shaped, cut and polished multicoloured gemstones into an exquisitely designed pure gold or faux metal base. There are six stages in the process.
Slowly the costly gold replaced by silver and the gemstones came within the reach of the common man. Today the silver also has been replaced by gold and silver coated ornaments. The costly stones too have given way to cheaper imitations. Kundan work today involves the use of crystals, beads, mirror work, zari thread. Designs having patterns in shapes of squares, diamonds, heart shape, round, mango shaped are employed. The bridal trousseau generally has kundan work on it to enhance the finery display. Traditional settings are sought to revive but costs are prohibitive.
The lovely wedding cream and yellow art georgette Banarasi work saree has zari worked mango buttis all over. There are zardosi and kundan worked blue and red patch borders all along. The pallu is a magnificent zardosi worked patch border. This exquisite creation is well suited for weddings and parties.
The scintillating Sindhuri maroon art georgette saree has maroon block prints all over. Kundan work and chamki work buttis are along a green Banarasi border with zardosi worked patch border either side. The elegant pallu has a banrasi patch work border. This marvellous piece is suitable for weddings and parties.
The fantastic party wear pink and green chiffon work sarees has zari work with peacock buttis all over. This contain zardosi and kudan work. The kudan work with rajasthani embroidery suits the person very well.
It flourished under royal patronage during the Mughal era. Over the years, the Kundan jewellery of the courts was successfully copied in silver in Rajasthan, Bihar and the Punjab and became popular with the common man. It remains an integral part of the traditional bridal wedding trousseau. Traditional settings, including the thappa and ras rawa, are experiencing a revival. Most recently, in the 2008 epic film, Jodhaa Akbar, the lead character portrayed by Aishwarya Rai was extensively shown wearing Kundan jewellery, highlighting its influence among Rajasthani royalty.
In 2006, "American Diamond" and Kundan jewellery contributed the largest share of both market value and volume (73 per cent) in the Indian jewellery market.
The word Kundan means highly refined gold, and a highly refined and pure form of molten gold is used.
Kundan jewellery is created by setting carefully shaped, cut and polished multicoloured gemstones into an exquisitely designed pure gold or faux metal base. The elaborate process begins with the skeletal framework called Ghaat. Thereafter, the Paadh procedure takes place, during which wax is poured onto the framework and moulded according to the design. Following this is the Khudai process, when the stones or uncut gems are fit into the framework. Meenakari then involves enameling to define the design details. Next, the Pakai process involves gold foils that hold the gems onto the framework; these are soldered. Finally, the gems are polished using the Chillai process.
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