Radiant Rui Kankan
We're going to start the year on an auspicious, though decidedly non-vegetarian, note. And it comes from a shoal of shimmering guinea-gold Rohu fish which is seen nibbling at the chhela ring-peti o...
We're going to start the year on an auspicious, though decidedly non-vegetarian, note. And it comes from a shoal of shimmering guinea-gold Rohu fish which is seen nibbling at the chhela ring-peti of this simple and simply unique Kankan, and in doing so creating the Kankan itself.
How caringly are the fish engraved, and how meticulously aligned: each identical and all pairs joined at the tail while the heads diverge to form the base of the bangle. A chhela ball surround mounted on the attached tails dazzles the eye and balances the notched lower bezel, both of them framing the polished and etched fish brilliantly so that what you notice first is the form and then the piscine design and not much else because the rest is just the glitter that surrounds the real stars of the show: the Radiant Rui.
The client we made this for rejected it; that's also a reason for us to put this up as our first jewellery post of 2019. We feel your dissatisfaction to be the cornerstone of continuous improvement for us. And to show you that part of our work which hasn't been to the exacting standards of all our esteemed customers is a sort of confession to the faults we may be guilty of in the manufacture of our ornaments. But, there can't be any cover-up; the facts must be laid bare; the defects, examined.
'The arrangement of fish isn't perfect and the cock-eyed pieces are evident and look awful because their backs can be seen; the spheres on top are chiselled but should have been plain; the size (though it was measured for hinges) is far too big': these were the complaints levelled against the kankan and the reasons for its boycott.
Your wish is our command. We shall always remember that it's your grace by which we live. It's your custom that ensures our relevance and longevity. You are our only God and our work our worship of you. If there is any flaw in our offerings, we shall do whatever it takes to appease you so that you may bless us with your generosity and never look elsewhere for contentedness. Admonish us for our lapses but also hold us close to your heart as a caring mother would her errant children after scolding them. It's your love we seek, and the shade of your patronage to keep alive the fire in our heart to make beautiful jewellery that tell your story with truth and perspicuity in the sublime language of pure gold.
The Radiant Rui Kankan is a misnomer. It should be called the Rejected Rui Kankan. The client has ordered another design and a necklace as well. Meanwhile, this school of sona'r rui machh bides its time hoping for someone to come by who'll see it for what it is and find it an ornament engaging enough to own and wear with pride and delight as a reasonable example of Bengal's authentic jewel-craft tradition.
We show it here with our sincere apologies for not being able to perfect it further.