The Gypsies of India. The Lambani•
Posted on August 31 2014
So much is there on offer in a country like India. The rich art and culture, the tradition and the heritage. Every region is unique in its own way. Every state has something exclusive to offer right from food, to clothes, handicrafts to jewellery. The skilled craftsmen who carve intricate and beautiful designs on fabrics, potteries, the embroiders, the artist everyone along with their expertise carry a piece of the Indian tradition. Tourist who come to India have a number of things to buy to take back home. That brings us to the Lambani and the jewellery that they excel in making.
Lambani’s are nomadic people from the Indian state of Rajasthan, north-west, Gujarat and western Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh Karnataka and Maharashtra. These nomads claim to be the descended of Rajput’s and are also known as Lakha Banjara’s. The Lambani’s are basically the gypsies of India.
These people possess a skill that has been passed done to them from generation to generation. The skill of making chunky, silver and white metal jewellery. The Lambani’s are well-known for their colourful costume and funky silver jewellery.
The process of making the jewellery is a skill-intensive one. Metal sheets are cut into required shapes and sizes on the basis of the designs. This strip is then placed on a metal block with the inverted design and hammered into the desired shape. These are then melded together using heat and skills of the metal-smith.
The making of the Lambai jewellery is a lengthy process. Metal sheets are cut into shapes and sizes required for a particular jewellery design. The design is then hammered onto metal block. The process and art of making the Lambani jewellery is deeply rooted into every Lambani craftsmen. It’s the art that binds them together. The art has been popular in the world and a lot of tourist take a piece of this jewellery as a souvenir of the Indian Art.
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