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Traditional Jewelry Making in Tripura
This traditional art of making natural jewelry, originating in the remote village of Melagarh, Tripura is a tradition passed down personally through generations.
All types of jewelry items are created using seeds from the forests, bamboo and cane as raw materials. ‘Takal’, a knife used to split the bamboo in thin pieces and ‘Dao’, a knife with a curved front come handy as the only two tools used in jewelry making. Adhesive to stick elements of the single piece together along with neatly made loops as linkages set the chain complete.
Melagarh is a remote but heritage-rich region famous for Tripura’s most iconic building, the 1930 Neermahal, which is a long, red and white water palace in the middle of lake Rudra Sagar. Like its counterpart in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, this was a princely exercise in aesthetics, built by the finest craftsmen whose descendants still carry forward each unique art.