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Good news: our fine silver chains have arrived, so now you have even more choice! Whether you prefer the chunky chains or the delicate ones, you can find them all. It also gives you more options when you want to buy a nice pendant and are looking for the perfect chain to match it.
Otherwise: our new silver anklet collection has just arrived. This traditional ornament has a long history.
A first-century CE epic of Tamil litterature called Cilappatikaram ("The story of the anklet") dealt with a woman whose husband was killed while trying to sell one of her anklets to a dishonest goldsmith. The anklets are described in great detail in the poem. Rajasthani women wear the heaviest type of anklets, they are silver and signify tribals adherence. Metal anklets are of two types - flexible and inflexible. The flexible ones, often called paayal, pajeb or jhanjhar in India, are made by tying links in a chain. Subsequently, sonorous bells can be attached to the chain, so that the wearer can make pleasing sounds while walking. The sound was also a reminder for people that there was a woman around, during the times of Purdah. In India, women usually wear 2 anklets, on on each side.
Well... it has been quite an adventure. We opened in October 2011, but the place needed major renovations. Our work started end of November. By mid-December, the whole place had a very different look.
Painting the shop.
Oh! Don't laugh! That is actually my first attempt at painting. But come to my shop and you'll see we did a pretty good job!
Putting up the displays.
These walls used to be white and bare, but not for long after I came in! Now it is gleaming with colorful textiles and lavish silk scarves, pretty thangkas and princely embroidered kurtas.
One happy entrepreneur...
Hard work but work well done... finally!
It has been a long day.