Beautiful handmade beads are the testimonials of master craftsmen. Add on centuries of history, with generations of craftsmen passing down their art form, then they are even more special.
Maruti Beads based in Rajasthan, India, recently sent me their gorgeous traditional Kashmiri and lac beads for review and they certainly qualify as special. Every bead is exquisitely made with many different designs.
|Cylindrical bead studded with multicolored tourmaline|
|Kashmiri beads studded with cabochons and rhinestones|
It will definitely take a while to come up with designs worthy of these beads! The round ones though do make great Shamballa bracelets.
Kashmiri and lac beads came about long ago because ordinary people could not afford to wear real gems. The Kashmiri beads, also known as Bollywood beads, are particularly showy with embedded rhinestones, seed beads, mirror chips and silver plated findings. These are made from a combination of marble powder and synthetic resin on metal cores.
|Kerra lacia resinous secretion on branch ( Picture Source)|
Lac becomes malleable when heated which helps the process of making the beads as you can see from this photo series of a lac bead maker in Rajasthan. Lac beads are more delicate than the durable Kashmiri beads and should be handled with care.
The close up photographs I took do not do enough justice to the beads in real life. I quite liked the mix of shiny metal with oxidized metal sometimes on the same bead. Here and there during my
Maruti Beads have their own artisan studio staffed by a team of master craftsmen. This enables them to eliminate the middleman and to ensure quality control.
|Kashmiri bead with metal chain and flower beads|
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