The Wondrous Kempu Jewellery QuizWhat is the meaning of Kempu?Answer Literally– red QuizWhy do Tamil women love kempu so much?Answer The Tamil aesthetic is tuned to muted colours and high-quality material. People love kempu because of high-quality rubies without additional embellishments. “No jigina,” or sparkly stuff, as traditionalists would say. Kempu jewellery fits this profile to a T. QuizHow is kempu jewellery designed?Answer Typically with minimal intervention to showcase the beauty of the rubies. Common motifs are used. The mango, peacock, makara, hamsa, and flowers. But mostly kempu addigais (or choker-like necklaces) string the oval cabochon rubies from Burma without additional fuss. QuizWhat are Tamil ornaments for the ear?Answer Jimikki: dangling earring Thodu: ear stud Maatal: behind the ear Koppu: on top What she is wearing is a kempu thodu and jimikki QuizHow is kempu jewellery worn?Answer Typically with Kanchipuram sarees. Typically as a matching set with necklace, earrings, and bangles At day or night. To weddings and pujas (prayer rituals). The kempu shade is viewed as auspicious. In sarees, it is called arakku. When did kempu jewellery flourish? During the Chola, Pandya and Krishnadevaraya periods. Between the 9th and 16th century. Also during the early part of the 20th century when Tamil men travelled to Burma and Ceylon and brought back gems. It has now evolved into costume jewellery, called temple jewellery. Mostly because people don’t have access to, or cannot afford the originals. QuizHow has kempu evolved?Answer Nowadays, women wear artificial gems in the name of “temple jewellery.” They use silver foil dipped in gold to nest the jewels. These are made in Vadassery and Nagarcoil. Used by bharatanatyam dancers By Shoba Narayan|2019-09-30T22:30:36+05:30July 9th, 2019|Categories: Making, Tamilnadu|Tags: jewelery, jewellery, jewelry, jewels, making, tamilnadu, traditions|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterRedditLinkedInTumblrPinterestVk About the Author: Shoba Narayan Related Posts The Artisans and Ancient Jewels August 13th, 2019 | 0 Comments Sujatha Suresh August 12th, 2019 | 0 Comments Jewels and a Woman’s Health August 9th, 2019 | 0 Comments Caste in Jewellery Making August 8th, 2019 | 0 Comments From Burma to Tamilnadu: The Tale of a Ruby August 3rd, 2019 | 0 Comments Closed Setting Diamonds: Only in India August 2nd, 2019 | 0 Comments Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.