Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:45 AM February 27, 2015
L’Indochine now has finely curated jewelry, fashion and home accessories from India, a country with diverse crafts.
In India ornaments are made practically for every part of the body. In ancient times, rajahs and majarajas rivaled each other to possess the most magnificent pieces of jewelry.
Different regions have unique jewelry-making styles—Jaipur, the art of enameling or meenakari; Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, fine filigree in silver; Nagercoil, temple jewelry.
A wide variety of silver beads is found all over India, particularly Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh.
L’Indochine’s collection of brass bangles, statement necklaces, and dangling earrings reflects this rich tradition.
India’s textile tradition is varied, rich, traced back to the Indus Valley civilization. The old techniques of weaving are still used by Indian weavers.
Silk fabrics from south India were exported to Indonesia in the 13th century. India exported printed cotton fabrics to Europe and the Far East before the coming of the Europeans to India. During colonial times, the British East India Company traded Indian cotton and silk, including the famous Dacca muslins.
L’Indochine has silk scarves, pillow cases with block prints; and quilts and blankets using mirror embroidery. Among the home accessories are fabric woven chests, tables and benches.
The art of metal work flourished in India for over 5,000 years, evident today in richly engraved iron and brass bowls, samovars, plates, and trays from Kashmir; brass items with intricate etching from Uttar Pradesh.
Jaipur is the center of brass engraving and lacquering in Rajasthan, Alwar has the art of koftagari or damascening work.
L’Indochine has brass, metal and glass lanterns.
L’Indochine stores are at 3/L, SM Aura Premier, and 4/L, SM Mega Fashion Hall.