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About this product – Combination of Cowri and Jute Jewellery
Handcrafted Opera necklace made with jute and cowrie shells. The wrapping technique has been used along the length of the necklace with jute string. The clustered cowrie shell tassels complete the look creating a unique and exquisite piece.
Cowry or cowrie have historically been used as a currency in several parts of the world, but today extensively for jewelry and for other decorative and ceremonial purposes. Cowry shells are viewed as symbols of womanhood. fertility, birth, and wealth. In the above cowry shell motifs, each shell flower is made with five shells bound together with a jute cord to create a decorative shell motif. These motifs can be used for various craftwork, to decorate bags, gift boxes.
Shell description which is used in Combination of Cowri and Jute Jewellery
The shells of cowries are usually smooth and shiny and more or less egg-shaped. The round side of the shell is called the Dorsal Face, whereas the flat under side is called the Ventral Face, which shows a long, narrow, slit-like opening , which is often toothed at the edges. The narrower end of the egg-shaped cowrie shell is the anterior end, and the broader end of the shell is called the posterior. The spire of the shell is not visible in the adult shell of most species, but is visible in juveniles, which have a different shape from the adults.
Nearly all cowries have a porcelain-like shine, with some exceptions such as Hawaii’s granulated cowrie, Nucleolaria granulata. Many have colorful patterns. Lengths range from 5 mm for some species up to 19 cm for the Atlantic deer cowrie, Macrocypraea cervus.
Cowrie shells are also worn as jewelry or otherwise used as ornaments or charms. In Mende culture, cowrie shells are viewed as symbols of womanhood, fertility, birth and wealth.Its underside is supposed, by one modern ethnographic author, to represent a vulva or an eye.
On the Fiji Islands, a shell of the golden cowrie or bulikula, Cypraea aurantium, was drilled at the ends and worn on a string around the neck by chieftains as a badge of rank.The women of Tuvalu use cowrie and other shells in traditional handicrafts.
About jute jewellery
Jute is a long, soft, shiny bast fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is produced from flowering plants in the genus Corchorus, which is in the mallow family Malvaceae. The primary source of the fiber is Corchorus olitorius, but such fiber is considered inferior to that derived from Corchorus capsularis. “Jute” is the name of the plant or fiber used to make burlap, hessian or gunny cloth.
Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibers, and second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses. Jute fibers are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose and lignin. Jute fiber falls into the bast fiber category (fiber collected from bast, the phloem of the plant, sometimes called the “skin”) along with kenaf, industrial hemp, flax (linen), ramie, etc.. The industrial term for jute fiber is raw jute. The fibers are off-white to brown, and 1–4 metres (3–13 feet) long. Jute is also called the “golden fiber” for its color and high cash value.
The jute fiber comes from the stem and ribbon (outer skin) of the jute plant. The fibers are first extracted by retting. The retting process consists of bundling jute stems together and immersing them in slow running water. There are two types of retting: stem and ribbon. After the retting process, stripping begins; women and children usually do this job. In the stripping process, non-fibrous matter is scraped off, then the workers dig in and grab the fibers from within the jute stem.
Style & Types
With the massive production of jute yarn especially in South Asian countries, the industry is expanding. From lampshades, table-mats, penholders, decorated photo frames & candleholders, to kerchiefs, wall hangings, coasters and footwear, there’s no end to how innovatively it is being used in the making of all kinds of accessories.
- One hectare of Jute plants consumes over 15 tones of Carbon-di-Oxide, several times higher than trees.
- In December 2006 the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2009 to be the International Year
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