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Description

Learners will use the quilling technique to make the traditional Indian earrings called "Jhumki."

There are many unique and exquisite kinds of Indian jewelry available, and the Jhumki in particular represent the timeless beauty and elegance of Indian women. The Jhumki have been worn by Indian women for centuries. These bell-shaped hangings look decorative and can harmonize with any occasion. Traditionally, Jhumki are made of either gold or silver, and then decorated with diamonds and other precious stones. 

Although everything through time becomes modernized and simplified, the value and love for tradition has endured among Indian women. The "quilling" Jhumki is a result of the modern woman deciding to give it a slightly different touch. This method uses various techniques to make the Jhumki simple, light-weight and modern-looking, while retaining its traditional essence.

Over the past decade, the art of quilling has gained prominence in India owing to the pliability of the material used, ease of learning and inexpensive nature of the materials involved. Although the quilling technique has been widely used for making dolls, home decors and other art works, it is also popularly used for making light weight jewelry. Indian women have a distinctive taste in making jewelry and use this technique to match their attire for various occasions, particularly weddings and most traditional functions.

I am excited to meet you and show you how to use the quilling technique to make you own Jkumki!

Please Note: This Workshop is recommended for children 12+ as it requires a certain level of dexterity.

 

What You'll Need

GLOkit What's a GLOkit?

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Quilling Art - Jewelry Making from India GLOkit

The GLOkit contains a quilling needle, quilling strips, two gold colored eye pins, two gold colored earring hooks, two gold colored Lollibeads, rhinestones, gold metallic paint, and a handmade quilling mold.

GLOkit Included

Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • A pair of pliers; needle nose pliers would be ideal, but other pliers or tweezers could work
  • Scissors
  • A paintbrush
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towels
  • Elmer's glue
  • Clear nail polish (optional, if you would like your Jhumkas to have a shiny finish)

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Aswini VenkataseshanView Profile

As a girl growing up in a conservative South Asian household, my interests gravitated towards almost every aspect of artistry around me.  This passion led me to self-learn the fine arts of drawing and painting, as well as art forms exuberating significant cultural flavor.  I am elated to be part of this effort to nurture budding artists from all over the world.

I am proud to be part of a society and civilization that traces its roots back many millennia. There is much evidence of the lavish display of wealth among many different cultural sub-groups within the South Indian community. These include our jewelry, numerous aspects of our clothing, as well as other displays of intricate artwork. My Workshop symbolizes the enhancement of a woman's natural beauty by matching the clothing to a similarly stunning piece of jewelry, the Jhumki (ornamental earrings).  Jhumki are the staple accessory to be worn during festivities like Diwali and Navarathri.

I am currently living in Canada, but I am a proud Indian, with my roots built in the South-Indian city of Chennai. Chennai, one of the largest cities in India, is a busy city, buzzing with activity.  It provides an exciting flavor of neo-ethnicism, where a highly developed intellectual base of international talent can be so deeply rooted in the inherent culture it so faithfully nurtured. Possibly living in Canada for the rest of my life, I will always be, in my heart, a proud Chennaiite (as we call it!). 

 

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Quilling Art - Jewelry Making from India