Chapka Calling

By Roopa Vohra

The mesmerizing head ornament that was popularized by the ethereal beauties of Awadh- the courtesans with their undulating chotis. These women were the ardent lovers of this ethnic piece that enjoyed the prime spot in the jewellery chests of Nizam princesses and Awadhi royalty. An old relic says that the Chapka or Jhoomar brings luck to the bride on her wedding day.

This elegant piece of jewellery has risen to announce the dictats of elegance. Chapkas can be in a gold setting lined with pearls or even the traditional thewa form of setting jewellery. For motifs, the naqqashi art form translates into beautiful patterns on the chapka. For a captivating look on top, multi-coloured stones like sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and rubies are strung together with a thin gold thread to create a mesh of colours that stand out like a sparkling mini constellation.

The glittering chapka is an irresistible ornament, but one whose beauty is subtle, and doesn’t overwhelm.

Almost synonymous with the resurrection of the Thewa, revivalist and couture jeweller, Roopa Vohra is known for her unconventional jewellery lines which invoke the grandeur of old times.

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