Lac jewelry, also known as lacquer jewelry, originated in Rajasthan and has gained considerable popularity in India today. Lac jewelry is available in versatile designs, which add to its beauty. Among the various items in lac jewelry, the bangles need a special mention. Bangles made of Lac are of bright color and glass work done on them makes them more attractive. Rajasthani people believe that lac bangles bring good omen to those who wear them. They are very popular in Rajasthan and lately are being made in other parts of country too.
This prominent craft of Rajasthan was initially developed by tribal
people of the state. Once the craft of tribal people, lacquer jewelry is
now rage of urban India. The accessories made of lac attract everyone
for obvious reasons. Some of the major accessories included in lac
jewelry, like Bala, Bajuband, Rakhi, Jod, Gajra, Gokhru, Timaniyan, are
extremely popular. A good chunk of the jewelry is exported to outside
world, which in turn provides more employment and inspires improvisation
in design and pattern of jewelry.
The process of making lac jewelry is complex. Glass beads, flower
shaped mirrors and decorative wire are also used for the enhancement of
beauty of the jewelry. The bangles of lac consist of an inner-core that
has a covering of thin layer of superior quality lac. Core lac, when
mixed with a material similar to white clay, strengthens the bangle. The
heating, mixing, kneading, and hammer pounding of the parched
ingredients takes place repeatedly and dough like mass is formed.
Once this mass is heated, it is shaped further and the expansion of the
lac takes place in lieu of bargained diameter. This results in
thickening of bangle. Further, a tool (flat-shaped) is used to roll the
bangle across the flat surface, which gives it a proper thickness. The
shaping is done by suppressing the length of lac into grooves (colored)
on every side of the mould. The lac takes the shape of the groove into
which it is forced. This process, which requires great precision,
produces the most beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Lac jewelry, originally from Rajasthan, has emerged as a popular jewelry in India. Explore more on Indian lacquer jewelry.