The Remarkable Indian Artisans

To create this stunning kavacha requires a flight of the imagination. You have to imagine this beautiful body and then sculpt it in that most elastic (and fragile) of materials: gold. Creativity requires many things, but imagination is key.  To connect disparate things, to see what others cannot see. [...]

Jewels and Me father came to see my mother in the hospital delivery room. She handed him the baby and he pressed a gold bangle into her palm. “Ponn kodutha kai-kku pon kodukkaren,” he said with a shy grin. Ponn in Tamil means daughter.  Pon, without the end emphasis, also means gold.  My father, ever [...]

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