Bead Jewellery - An Appealing Art
The history of Madhya Pradesh has been glorious and so is its art & crafts. With each growing year, the craftsmanship in the state is redefining in its own.
Travelling through the villages of Jhabua and Alirajpur districts in Madhya Pradesh, one can witness a colourful pastiche of tribal culture and lifestyle in the creative work. The tribal communities like Bhil and Bhilala who practise bead work, skilfully express their notions in the designs of bead necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. It highlights the traditional occupations emphasising rich art and aesthetics from rural Madhya Pradesh. You can grab your hands on these colourful ensembles made with glass and plastic beads at the tribal haats organised during the weekends or festivals.
The fusion of bright colour schemes and contemporary designs make this jewellery an inspiration for many including the travellers and designers. Hence,the local bodies are helping local communities and artisans to arrange regional and national level exhibitions to provide the rural handicrafts a much-needed exposure.
Visiting Madhya Pradesh to explore its vivid culture? Do include some of the tribal villages to discover the unique tribal tradition and craft. Also, if you look forward to taking back home something offbeat as a reminder, bead jewellery should definitely feature on your list.
The state of Madhya Pradesh boasts rich traditions and it is also considered the melting pot of individuals and beliefs which reflect in its crafts, handlooms and architectural styles. Speaking about the textile art, one such practice of printing is prevalent in the town of Bagh in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. It is the same village which houses the popular Bagh cave paintings. This age-old tradition of block printing, using natural ingredients is today taking the Indian handloom industry by storm with its modern variations and refined styles.
It’s a pleasant surprise that in a state that has around 20 cities shortlisted in the government’s ‘Smart City’ plan, there still is immense respect for ages old tribal art. More importantly, it is still preserved and practised.