Caste in Jewellery Making

Even though India is moving from a caste to a class-based society, caste is what artisan communities identify with. The deity from whom all karigars, artisans, achaaris, goldsmiths, blacksmiths, temple architects, weavers and creators claim descent. "See, Vishwakarma and his sons worked together on [...]

By |2019-09-30T19:20:14+05:30August 8th, 2019|Categories: Meaning, Tamilnadu|Tags: , , , , , , |14 Comments

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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