The monsoons have barely started and we’ve gone picking neem-chamelis for this necklace, making a festoon of them and fixing it between kamal-chains and bordering it on top with ball-karai. A...
The monsoons have barely started and we’ve gone picking neem-chamelis for this necklace, making a festoon of them and fixing it between kamal-chains and bordering it on top with ball-karai. Another kamal-chain at the bottom gently shapes itself into a shallow ‘v’ and to this is added a row of small kadam-phuls to which, again, a row of chela topas are stuck from which hang the tinkling, split-ball clusters. The triangulated end-pieces, with their topa frames, integrate well into the necklace’s form and central design.
At the heart of this exotic necklace is that crepuscular monsoon evening when, as the moon rose over the silhouette of trees guarding the Lakes, you held each other close. A sudden gust of sweet wind romanced the water and caused it to dance excitedly into haphazard waves and ripples, the crests catching the moonlight to become an ephemeral arabesque of love. Against this magic nightscape you kissed and embedded in each others' souls your eternal poem, that which had no words in it but was wrought with your breath and the beat of your insane heart.
The scrolling waves in heley chain and the wispy wire ripples are there as is the mad moonlight, realized in glittering rhodium-plating over all the chhela topas and wires in the central frieze that runs from end to end. This is the essence of the necklace – a magic moment of love made eternal and a pair of lovers immortal.
For each of us who have a poem in our heart, here’s Kabyasree, not just a necklace but a beautiful memory, preserved in sinless guinea gold –– today, tomorrow and for ever.