www.coorgjewellery.in, the first exclusive website devoted to Coorg jewellery and costume, has completed 10 years. The culture of Kodavas (Coorgs) in Kodagu district of Karnataka is distinct from that of its neighbours in southern India.
Besides jewellery, the website has sections for Coorg sari, men’s costume and accessories.
The unique aspect of some of the Coorg jewellery is that they are hollow and lac is filled inside to give them a sturdy appearance. The repousse work commonly used in Coorg jewellery, uses a small quantity of metal, beaten to paper thinness, to convey an impression of weight and solidity, and a three-dimensional effect.
Coorg style bracelets (kadagas) have become popular with non–Coorg women in cities like Mysuru and Bengaluru.
An interesting part of the website is a video featuring Dayana Erappa, an international model who is also from Coorg, on how to drape a Coorg style sari. The video has been directed by fashion guru Prasad Bidapa.
There is a section devoted to Coorg wedding which is a colourful affair and an occasion that allows women an opportunity to show off their saris and jewellery.
Input for the website was contributed by Chindamada Arati Monappa, textile designer. Designer Mevada Deepali Vedprakash also offered valuable help.
The website also features a Coorg jewellery video put together by Dr Dechu Puliyanda from Southern California. Dr Dechu was helped by Koopadira Aiyanna.
The website was part of the effort by journalist P.T. Bopanna to chronicle the rich traditions of Coorg. The jewellery website was designed by Tiramisu, a Bangalore-based new media solutions company.
For more, check out www.coorgjewellery.in