A very long time ago, in a perennially listless little village called Tapadhol in Orissa's Anugul district, there was a picturesque pond that served the residents of the place. It was their lifeblo...
A very long time ago, in a perennially listless little village called Tapadhol in Orissa's Anugul district, there was a picturesque pond that served the residents of the place. It was their lifeblood and there was scarcely an activity that had to do with water that wasn't done there. Beside the pukur there lived two pairs of peacocks who strutted about the spare jungle alongside and thought nothing of standing guard all of the blistering summer days, protecting the softly rippling waters of the pond from the depredations of local youth.
Once, with the heat reaching mid-way to boiling point, around fifty or so seasons ago, the pond dried up and its banks became as cracked as lava rock. Two of the peacocks wanted to do something about it ---- since most of the townsfolk were lazy in thought and action ---- and conferred with the other couple regarding ways and means to survive the severe drought. They decided they wouldn't get through it if they didn't act immediately to save the village, its people, and its flora and fauna. The vines from surrounding trees were taken and laid out with discipline in a three-row arrangement :
The x-phul chain on the outside has little orbs ; the one in the middle is highly decorative ; and the last one is left plain and unadorned. The four birds take all three in the manner that one would a trio of Tube tracks, holding up the two ends, and make of them a skipping rope of sorts that doesn't help skip bit brushes the air such that the middle chain gathers the moisture from the whipped-up wind ---- here shown as tiny pradip-karai drops (of water) all along and on both sides of the chain.
The pond is rendered in ekka-wire, katai and reji, and is a distinct oval in shape, the rudraksha-katai framing hinting at a holy venue that's vital to life. The brooch, offset, and rich in its detailing, is seen being surmounted by another pair of thirsty peacocks and then a chain section leads to the endpiece of the fourth pair.
In the folktale, the birds devise this dew-gathering magic rope that plucks water from the air and, bit by bit, fills the pond. The village of Tapadhol survives and the people reward the peacocks by granting them official and permanent citizenship. Gradually, the thirst for water recedes with the abundance of it and the only 'Piyasha' the birds and the townspeople know is of love, which is the case with all living things in the world. That too is sated in the story as we notice the peacock population increase.
Handcrafted stories in gold, woven with meticulous care and an eye for detail.
The necklace tells much but hides within it a wondrous secret. Look closely and you'll know that the peacock pair beneath the brooch unfastens to form a separate necklace of matinee length with the chains and the pair of birds at the other end. This part can be worn to simpler occasions or the ornament matched with another longer jewel that complements it. Attached to the brooch, the necklace extends, becomes longer and more grand. Now it's a complete design which needs to be supplemented with matched earrings, handswear, etc. even if not of exactly the same pattern. The essence of the Convertibles Collection, ingenious and intricate, realised in pure guinea gold through the collaboration of fertile minds and gifted hands that serve to make immortal the story of you, you and you.