Motifs are required for designing any art. Whether it is
jewellery, fashion, furniture, textile or visual arts. What are these motifs,
the motif can be an idea, an object or creativity, or we can say a motif
differs from a theme. So, Motif means a design that consists of recurring
shapes or colors, a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music &
unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work. Motif
is a unit of design, a particular motif is used in every design that is
selected by designer, so a good designer should always be well informed about
art, and current events. It is the designers responsibility to translate the
stylist concept, with the help of reference material.
Motifs have played an important role in the designing of
Jewellery. Designer has always found a way to usually express his abstract
ideas. Motif has always been a driving force in jewellery design. Natural
motifs are widely used in entire world. An expertly crafted piece of jewellery
can capture forever the life-like qualities of an animal on the run, a bird in
flight, blooming flowers, butterflies, insects or fish. Such jewellery remains
a perennial favourite, never seeming to go out of style.
Indian Jewellery reveals an amazing variety of motif and
designs which depict the unceasing process if evaluation in Indian
jewellery/ornaments. Most of jewellery have floral and figurative motifs. These
motifs have been taken from nature and surrounding environment.
Nothing can out do the simplicity of traditional Indian
motifs. When it comes to jewellery designing, the 'aam' or paisley, the floral
patterns, the peacock and the curvaceous creeper, top the list as they can
easily and beautifully blend in with. "Traditional designs are popular
with women. The Indian culture is very relative to the Indian women; even a
woman who dresses up in western wear holds the Indian traditions quite close to
her heart, which is why even contemporary designs do have traditional motifs.
Traditional designs add character to the entire Indian ensemble and they are a
statement by themselves."
Jewelry designers are reinterpreting paisleys found in
embroidery fabrics and lace motifs of this time period. They are spinning these
looks, which range from richly ornate and colorful to embellished yet subtle,
into gold with diamond and gemstone accents.
Floral Motifs: Floral motifs have been the most common and best selling
pieces for past several years. A design with floral or other plants can be more
realistic and stylized in compare of other forms. The Floral design is among
the popular motifs in Indian jewellery. The ear ornament, Kanphool, is in the
shape of a blooming Motia flower and is a symbol of happiness and prosperity.
The Pipal patra (leaf), of Northern India and Gujarat, has a central motif of
leaf from which bunches of finely shaped Pipal leaves cascade. It is a symbol
of auspicious occasions and abundance.
The Champa, Jasmine flower, is symbolic of fertility. The
Champakali motif is a jasmine bud shaped necklace. Each pendant in the shape of
a bud is strung together on a thread.
Gajra and Paunchi are worn on the wrist and these too are
floral motifs. The Gajra is made in gold and pearls. From a distance they
appear as if the base of intertwined gold wire is of golden grass. Paunchi is
made of a number of pieces in the shape of a flower. These are strung together
and made into a bracelet.
Animal Motifs: Animal motifs are "hot" in the US, with butterflies the best seller. Jewellers try to make animal designs as realistic as
possible. "Black, pink, yellow and blue are currently the most popular
colours for this type of motif."
Animal and bird motifs have been a favorite with the Indian
craftsmen through centuries. It has been a distinct feature of Indian jewellery
and has not been seen anywhere else in the world.
The bracelets which have heads of lion and elephants too
have their own significance. Lions stand for strength, courage and sovereignty,
while the Elephants stand for strength, visibility, calmness and gentleness.
Makar (crocodile) Signifies life force of the water and parrot signifies love