The art of 'Meenakari'

Sunita Shekhawat's passion and devotion to her craft combined with the use of pure and rare stones manifests in each and every creation, a priceless heirloom, passed on for generations to come.

gadhayi
GADHAYI

The first step of creating this unique jewellery is to define the structure with gold strips.

khudhayi
KHUDHAYI

Followed by engraving of the outer surface with the planned designs and patterns.

meenakari
MEENAKARI

The engraved patterns on the gold surface are then filled with various natural colours.

jadhayi
JADHAYI

Last step is setting precious, rare stones such as diamonds or kundan into the piece.

Image of a typical mould like framework is set according to the design using thin gold strips. They are cut, coiled and shaped by the karigar. This is the most important step to establish the foundation of the piece.


The framework filled with lac or gold is then engraved in this process known as 'Khudayi'. Its is basically etching the planned pattern or design on the surface of the jewellery piece. Engraving requires a steady hand, high precision and concentration. Each piece is hand finished by countless hours of hard work by skilled artisans.


'Meenakari' is enamelling the jewellery. Special colours are mixed and applied with various tools in the engraved pattern. In order to set the colours, the piece is heated/fired. The process is repeated as many times as the number of colours used.


Finally the step to enhance the beauty of the jewellery; 'Jadayi'. It is the process of gem setting by inserting a gold foil between the stones and their mount. Diamonds, Polkis, Kundan and various rare precious stones are used. They are placed on the surface of the jewellery piece and supported by the gold foiling so that the gemstones can grip on tightly.


'Meenakari' is enamelling the jewellery. Special colours are mixed and applied with various tools in the engraved pattern. In order to set the colours, the piece is heated/fired. The process is repeated as many times as the number of colours used.



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