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Indian Morning Glory Marble Jewelry Box

Indian Morning Glory Marble Jewelry Box

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-199423

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Articulate craftsmanship displaying a morning glory exploding into bloom is featured on this ornate jewelry box.. Raj Kumari utilizes ancestral stone cutting techniques to create this extraordinary design. His delicate workmanship showcases India's traditional jali cutout work.

  • Marble
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from India

Due to the handmade nature of this product, exact color or pattern may vary.

Artisan Information

Raj Kumari and Raja Ram

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Hi friends, I am Raj Kumari, which means 'A Queen!' I come from Uttar Pradesh. We are three sisters, and we had great fun growing up together. Except for few friends in school, we didn't have any friends at home because our father was a very conservative and strict man, but he was never short of love for us. Not having a son did not dishearten my father as it would other traditional Hindu families. In the olden days in small towns and villages, a family was looked down upon if they were without a son.

My father had a grocery store and I remember spending much time with him. After completing my 12th standard, I was married off to my husband, Raja Ram Singh. It was an arranged marriage because, in those days, that was the only way to marry, and we couldn't go against our parents' wishes. But my parents chose the right life partner for me. I love my husband and I hope we live happily like this for the rest of our lives.

Since my husband is from Agra, I had to move there. This was the first time I had ventured out of our town! Seeing the Taj Mahal was such a delight. My husband used to work in a marble art workshop and, at the time, I never felt the need to learn the craft since I was busy looking after our two children. They have now grown up and our daughter is married. Our son is working.

When our children grew up and no longer needed me constantly by their side, I began to feel the need to do something that would help me pass the time. That's when I started to learn the art of marble carving and inlay from my husband. About a couple of years before, my husband had started his own workshop, along with other artisans.

The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is a great source inspiration to many marble artisans. We try to replicate its beauty through our work and our personal touch.

The original inlay work at the Taj Mahal was crafted of real gemstones of considerable size, however it is very difficult to work with gems on smaller scale pieces and given the stones' natural properties, they tend to break while shaping minuscule details such as leaves, petals and vines. So we are forced to use synthetic stones but we make every effort to match the color tone of a real gemstone.

I would like to state that the beauty of this craft lies in the handcrafted technique, which demands a lot of dexterity and concentration, as each stone is individually inlaid one at a time.

We craft a wide range of decorative and utilitarian marble items, such as sculptures, jewelry boxes, coasters, and trays as well as traditional jali 'openwork' pieces, also inspired by the architecture of the Taj Mahal. We exhibit our work throughout India, including Agra, Bombay and Delhi. I hope that you will bring us closer to appreciators of art across the globe.

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

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