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Jadau Sarpech, Mughal period

Jadau Jewellery

Jadau is a special type of Indian jewellery. Introduced by the Mughals, it was popularised by Gujarati and Rajasthani craftsmen. ‘Jad’ means ‘to embed’. Precious stones are embedded in gold without modification. It is a collaborative work of four artisans: Chiterias who design and make the mould, Gharias who manage the pinning and engraving, Meenakaars who specialise in enamelling, and a goldsmith. Simple Jadaus are made in 2 days; complex ones may need several months. Jadau work is also done on icons, walls, furniture and jewel boxes.

By Daderot, Own work

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