January 29, 2012


 Tribal Beadwoven Collar - EBWC February 2012 Theme - Nest

This is my first Entry for the Etsy Beadweaver's Challenge for February 2012: Themed: Nest

My interpretation of this theme may be a bit far fetched... When considering the Nest theme, It made me think of a tribe of people who nest together. I picked the Khalebia Gypsy Tribe of Rajasthan, India because I really admire the way that they keep all of their traditions nested together within their circle. In researching the bead work that is heavily used by them, I realized that there is nothing documented as to its origin or its technique. It is simply handed down through generations of their people. The only thing I had to go by was off in the distance pictures. So my technique is original but heavily influenced by the Khalebia Dancers of Rajasthan.

This Necklace measures 16 " in length and the width measures 3".
Bead woven and wrapped twice at the base for strength around Black Hemp and Finished with an over-sized metal lobster claw clasp. Necklace rests comfortably on the collar bone.

The voting for the February challenge will take place on February 9-15th at http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com

To see more entries for the challenge you can search for EBWC under handmade

I am a proud member of Etsy Beadweavers team, to see more work by our members go to our blog at http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com or search EBW team under handmade.

Tribal Beadwoven Collar

January 24, 2012

Just an interesting article I stumbled upon from EarthSky:


EarthSky // Blogs // Human World     
By Emily Willingham Jun 19, 2011

Why are 160 million girls missing from Asia?

Growing scarcity of girls and women has tilted the balance of the sexes and the rich and poor in nations where “gendercide” is practiced on a large scale.
Governed by no single law, no single religion, and no single culture, many societies scattered all over the globe place such heavy value on having male children that female fetuses are aborted or female infants killed in favor of males.
The result is an increasing scarcity of girls and women, one that has already tilted the balance of the sexes and the rich and poor in nations where “gendercide” is practiced on a large scale. Economics drives this unnatural selection for boys, and economics may be the force that ultimately puts the brakes on it. But not before enormous damage has been done.

What is the value of a girl? Image Credit: nih.gov.
Left to Nature’s devices, the reality is that more males are born than females. But because males are more likely to die in infancy, the natural sex ratios ultimately balance out. Yet in countries like China, which has a one-child-per-family policy, these ratios are terrifically skewed toward males. According to one study, from 2000 to 2004 there were 124 boys for every 100 girls in China. Ultimately, that’s predicted to translate into 30 to 40 million more boys than girls by 2020 in China.
China is not alone. India’s 2011 census identified seven million more boys than girls under age seven. For every 1,000 boys, there are now 914 girls. According to recent research, this sex ratio exists because of selective abortion of female fetuses.
Overall in Asia, about 160 million women and girls are missing thanks to these practices, said journalist Mara Hvistendahl in an interview with Salon.com.
Hvistendahl has written a book, Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, in which she takes on this problem of male-biased selection. She notes that that sex selection happens not only in China and India but worldwide, including in much of Southeast Asia and in central Europe.
Small Chinese girl. Image Credit: jadis1958
Among the most disturbing outcomes of this skewed sex ratio, she said, is the increase in sex trafficking that it causes. Rich families who could afford selection for boys may have trouble finding brides for their sons. So, they turn to poor families with daughters, who sell their daughters to the rich. Indeed, according to one expert on selective abortion in India, University of Toronto professor Prabhat Jha, speaking to Maclean’s magazine, brides are an import-export business in some parts of India where girls are simply vanishing. Jha is the lead author of a May 24, 2011 Lancet study evaluating the increase in sex-selective abortions in India. Among their findings were that better-educated mothers were more likely to have fewer girls, as were wealthier mothers. They also found a large decline in girl births in families whose first child was a girl, dropping from 906 per 1000 boys in 1990 to 836 per 1000 boys in 2005.
A young Vietnamese girl carries a sibling. Image Credit: nih.gov.
In India, one factor is that girls are a bad investment because a substantial dowry must accompany any daughter to make her marketable for marriage. Other cultural forces driving the skewing sex ratio include simply having fewer children. According to Hvistendahl, as wealth has increased, families have fewer children, and there is a strong preference for those few to be boys.
Ironically, though, the lack of women may lead to severe economic consequences. Chai Ling, a leader of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement in China in 1989, has founded an organization called All Girls Allowed, seeking to end what she calls the “gendercide” in China and India. She has been working for bipartisan support for her efforts on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress have signed a declaration promising efforts to end sex-selective abortions in China and in India. The declaration notes that a surplus of men will lead to social unrest, something that Hvistendahl also has found, and that “gender imbalances have been shown to significantly disrupt spending patterns, leading to significant trade imbalances that are detrimental to the global economy.”
It seems that the primary basis for selecting boys over girls is money – having money to afford sex-selective abortion and having boys to help with having money. Perhaps cold economic reality will ultimately be the basis for change, but not before anti-female social, governmental and cultural practices have ruined many, many lives as girls and women continue to be considered economic disadvantages and treated as chattel.

January 6, 2012

Silver Ridge Studio


Silver Ridge Studio by Cate Parr 

is an amazing watercolor artist that I stumbled upon on Etsy.

Absolutely beautiful work!

 Cate Parr is an artist/illustrator born and educated in England. Currently living in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.


Watercolor Fashion Illustration Print - Indianink 7


Watercolour Fashion Illustration - Indian Bride 4 Print 11" x 17"


Free shipping Watercolor Fashion Illustration Canvas Print 24" x 36" - Indian Wedding

" For me, inspiration comes from many places ~ Ealing Studios, French and Italian Cinema, couture design, along with music, photography, theatre and dance.
Here at my Etsy shop my goal is to offer a diverse selection of affordable original art and prints., to inspire you to visit often!
Cate. "

The Material Girl Cosmetics ~ launch date August 2011
Sanctuary Clothing,
Costume Designer - Kym Barrett (Matrix triologies),
Designer - Nia Nguyen (The Luxury Affair),
Kai Milla - Couture,
Dickies Girl... 

 E-mail | catherine@cateparr.com








January 5, 2012

January 4, 2012

Kundan Jewelry

During the Mughal period, the art of kundan work reached Rajasthan from Delhi.
Later on, craftsmen from a different part of the country migrated to Rajasthan and made it the hub of Kundankari. Rulers and feudal lords gave patronage to the art and it developed into perfection.

Today, Kundankari is known the world over, with Rajasthan serving as its epicenter.
Kundankari is basically done on gold and silver jewelry.  The beauty of kundan work lies in the precise setting of stones into kundan and the overall look of the ornament. Traditional kundan jewellery has stones encrusted on one side and colorful and intricate meenakari on the reverse.

The entire technique of Kundankari lies in the skilful setting of gems and stones in gold, which is rarely solid. Holes are cut for the gems, engraving is carried out and the pieces are enamelled.  The core of the ornament is made out of lac, a natural resin. Later, lac is inserted into the hollow parts and is then visible from the front, through the holes left for the gems. Highly refined gold or kundan is used to cover the lac, and gems are then pushed into the kundan. To increase the strength of the joints and to give it a smooth finish, more kundan is applied. Kundankari is such a specialized work that it is carried out by groups of craftsmen, each carrying out a specific task.

The chiterias make the basic design, the ghaarias are responsible for engraving and making holes, meenakari or enamelling is done by the enameller, with the goldsmith takes care of the kundan, or gold. The jadiyas, or stone setters, set stones such as jade, agate, garnet, emerald, rock crystal, topaz, amethyst, and spinel into kundan.

Native American Indian Beadwork

 Native American Indian Beadwork


Just some beadwork that I admire