The word Jewellery is such a fascinating word in itself that it immediately draws one’s attention from every distraction! In recent years, old traditional art forms in jewellery has become very popular. The reason lies not only in its rare and uncommon designs which add to the style quotient of the person but also the inexpensiveness which can be easily afforded by all.
Indian culture is enriched with many varieties of jewellery, and filigree work is one of the most captivating forms which has been created by the craftsmen since ages. Filigree refers to silver wires interwoven to make a lace-like decoration. It is the perfect blend of shining threads of silver that gives jewellery an elegantly distinct look and an appearance that looks traditional as well as modern. Its beauty lies in the lace crafted in precious metals. A lot of patience and hard work is required in creating a filigree piece as it needs high technicality to come out with an intricately designed beautiful appearance.
It is believed that the art form has originated in Mesopotamia and Egypt and later the charm of filigree spread in Asian continent during 2500 BC.
The City of Cuttack in the state of Odisha in India is famous for filigree art. People of this city are majorly involved in this unique art form. Hundreds of families are engaged in producing various pattern of filigree jewellery. Cuttack is also known as the Silver City because of its delicate artistry, elegant craftsmanship and excellent finish in silver filigree works that are famous all over the world. Hence, it is locally called “Tarakasi” by the locals of Cuttack who are skilled in this traditional craftwork and take immense pride in the rich traditional art form too.
A visit to Odisha is never complete without checking out the filigree items and owning one. The art and craft that is prevalent in Orissa date back to thousands of years yet they form an integral part of the state in the present day.