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Traditional Indian Style Jhumkas (Earrings)

In this Workshop, we will be making a pair of Jhumka style earrings using silk thread. 

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In this Workshop, we will be making a pair of Jhumka style earrings using silk thread. 

 Jhumkas (or Jhumki) are traditional bell-shaped earrings that emerged in ancient times in India, and gradually spread across our country from east to west due to their beauty.  They were originally created in a set called "Temple/Bharathanatyam Jewellery." Bharathanatyam is a classical dance of the state Tamilnadu in India. The bell shape was inspired by the dome shape found on many of our temples.  They are a very important type of jewellery worn in Indian culture, and are also the most beloved.  

In our culture, Jhumkas are a must to be worn during marriage and other important events.  Gold Jhumkas are a desirable pair of earrings in the bridal trousseau.  These are made using traditional precious metals and stones.  While Jhumkas are always worn for special occasions, they are considered quite fun to wear and are often worn whenever you get dressed up!  They are also made by tribal people in India to decorate and make themselves feel beautiful.

Traditionally, Jhumkas may be made out of gold, silver or other precious metals.  They may also be traditionally made with silk thread and a simple mould, as we will be doing in our Workshop.  This was the way I first learned to make Jhumkas with my grandmother in our village when I was about ten years old.  When I was a kid I always used to love these big earrings worn by brides during marriage, and so they became one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. 

I am excited to teach you about my culture and help you make your own pair of Jhumkas!

Please note: This Workshop is recommended for ages 12+ and requires a certain level of dexterity, as well as a steady hand.

 

What You'll Need

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Traditional Indian Style Jhumkas (Earrings) GLOkit

The GloKit contains four Jhumka molds (to make two pairs-one smaller and one larger), four headpins, four hooks, four strands of rhinestones, fabric glue and silk thread.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • A large notebook (about 11 inches long), or similar size piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes or a pre-moistened paper towel
  • Any 2 weighted objects that may be used to secure the threads from falling off the edge of the table while they are hanging and waiting for the glue to dry.

 

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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Roshini CView Profile

I live in India, which is a versatile country with differences not only in the demography, but also in culture, language, and tradition. I fell in love with our traditions ever since I saw the beautiful paintings and carvings in our temples. I have always been inspired by our rich cultural events, in which arts and crafts play a major role.  We grow up learning the values and culture of our country, and sharing them with others always gives me immense happiness. 

Art was always an important part in my life, and I have loved making art and teaching craft-making to children ever since I was very young.  I first started making craft works when I was eight years old, when I made small cups out of coconut tree leaves to be used for making food in the village where there were not many utensils found. These cups were used to boil food (like dough) placed inside a closed vessel filled with water.  When I was ten years old I learned from my grandmother how to make Jhumkas, which are earrings that are worn during most of the traditional festivals in our country.  They are considered to be a sacred and important part of our culture, and I am excited to share this craft with people across the world. 

 

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