International Seminar “Jewellery Tradition through
Ages” was also organised to coincide with the
Young Craftsperson Competition award program. 16 International
and National speakers of repute presented papers at
the seminar on the following topics:
: A Historical Spectrum
and Interpretations in the Indian Ethos
India : Multi-Cultural Dimensions
Trends in Jewellery
The seminar was a very interactive and informative one.
All the International speakers and delegates have expressed
the opinion that this was the first time a seminar covering
various aspects of jewellery has been held and that
it was a unique experience. A total of nearly 300 participants
attended this program. Mr. Oppi Untracht, a world renowned
and leading authority on jewellery making techniques
from Finland quotes “What a wonderful experience!
You made my participation at the Conference really memorable
for me. I am still going over every detail in my head:
the excellent accommodation and venue for the conference,
its effecient organization, interesting program, the
choice of participants, the great turnout, delicious
food- I could go on and on”.
Three day Jewellery workshop was conducted from 3rd
to 5th October at the ‘Ashvita Gallery’
in Chennai. The chief designer Ms. Dominique Lietaert
from Belgium and Mr. Ashwin Rajagopal from India conducted
was a very useful workshop as it covered other materials
like Terracotta, Coconut Shell, thread, etc besides,
gold. The craftspersons found it very educative and
in the words of Ms. Dominique Lietaert “the Indian
craftspersons are very talented” and she also
imbibed a lot of ideas from them. Jewellery craftspersons
from Bangladesh, Brunei and Barbados also participated.
to Gold – Jewellery Exhibition
Jewellery exhibition “Grass to Gold” was
also held from 6th to 9th October 2004 to coincide with
Young Craftspersons Competition award and Jewellery
Convention. Jewellery pieces ranging from Rs.200 to
Rs.45 Lakhs were displayed. Five well known Jewellery
houses of repute exhibited their high value Jewellery
Pieces along with Jewellery pieces of medium value and
the Jewellery items made of wood, glass, thread, coconut
shell, grains, paper, terracotta etc crafted by mastercraftspersons.
Besides this, ‘Korean Crafts Council’ –
from Korea , Society Atelier Sarawak from Malaysia,
silver and many other varieties of Jewellery from Jordan
and Thailand were also exhibited in this show. Through
the efforts of the National Entity members participation
from the above listed countries was possible The whole
exhibition was a great success and the craftsmen working
in non- traditional material had the opportunity sharing
for the first time the platform with traditional jewellers
exhibiting silver, gold and platinum jewellery, etc.
Young Craftspersons Competition
year the Young Craftspersons Competition – Theme
– Jewellery “Grass toGold “ was organised
by the Crafts Council of India. The entries for the
competition was also received at Crafts Council of India’s
office . The entries were displayed for the Jury to
inspect and Judge. The jurers were Ms. Surapee Rojanavongse
from Thailand, Ms. Kate Bonansinga from USA, Mr. Tushaar
Mehta from India, Dr. Sandeep Srivatsava from India
and Mrs. Lily Vijayaraghavan from India. The number
of entries received was 77 from 8 countries of the Asia
Pacific Region. They were Bangladesh, India, Jordan,
Kuwait, Lebanon, Singapore, Srilanka and Thailand.
The International Jury met on 2nd October 2004 at Chennai
and selected following 3 prize winning entries:
Prize - US $ 2500 Sponsored by Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
to Mr. Chandrakanth
Bondwal, Gali No 2, Nai Basti, Bahadurgarh,
Dist-Jhaggar, Haryana, for Sandal Wood Jewellery.
2nd Prize – US $ 1500 Sponsored by Dr.
Ghada Hijjawi of Kuwait to Mr.
Mahamoud Mostafazadeh, Jawahara Jewellers,
Kuwait Central Market for Gold & Jewellery P.O
Box: 38189, Dahiyat Abdulla Al-Salem, Kuwait - 72252
and Designer Mrs. Maryam
Hamad Ali Al-Gaith – Kuwait, for
Zipper Choker and (Zipper and wire (18K Gold, semi precious
3rd Prize – US $ 1000 Sponsored by Mr.
Ganjam Nagappa & Sons of India to Mrs.
Khukhu Das Biswas, Birubari, Sankarpur-
P.O, Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati – 781016, Assam,
for Bamboo and Cane Jewellery.
craftspersons were honoured with a commemorative Silver
medal, a shawl and a Certificate. The award function
was held on the 6th of October at the Taj Coromandel,
Chennai. The Honourable Minister of Textiles, Government
of India and Mrs. Tinoo Joshi, Development Commissioner
(Handicrafts) were the chief guests for the occasion.