A beautiful story from Laila Tyabji whose father was a civil servant in the Constituent Assembly. “When people realised India was going to be independent in a couple of months and we needed a national emblem. So, Jawaharlal Nehru turned to her father and said, “Badr, you have an eye for this sort of thing, please do something about it…” Her father set up a Flag Committee headed by Rajendra Prasad, and sent letters to all the art schools asking them to prepare designs. Hundreds came in, all quite ghastly. Most of them heavily influenced by the British national emblem, except that elephants and tigers, or deer and swans replaced the lion and unicorn on either side of the British crown. The crown itself was replaced by a lotus or kalash or something similar.
Time was ticking along and everyone in the Committee (Nehru was keenly involved and extremely unhappy with the designs coming in) were getting a bit desperate, when suddenly, her parents had this brainwave of the lions and chakra on top of the Ashoka column. (They both loved the sculpture and ethos of that period). So, her mother drew a graphic version and the printing press at the Viceregal Lodge (now Rashtrapati Niwas) made some impressions and everyone loved it. Of course, the four lions (Lion Capital of Ashoka) have been our emblem ever since.
Meanwhile, without thinking too much about it, everyone had assumed that the Congress tricolour flag designed by Pingali Venkayya, with Gandhiji’s charkha in the middle, would be the national flag. Our independence struggle had been fought under its banner. However, there was opposition to a party flag representing the nation. So, her parents were tasked with re-doing the flag, and they took the same Ashoka chakra and put it on the tricolour. Once it was done, it all seemed so natural and obvious. Originally, her mother had painted a black chakra, but Gandhiji objected so it became navy blue.”
Here are some of our designs that are inspired by the Lion:
Designed as two intricately carved lion heads on an engraved hand carved kada. This is a unisex kada and can be worn by both men and women. Mounted in Sterling Silver.
This kada has foliate carvings along the body ending with two lion head terminals. This is a unisex Kadas and can be worn by both men and women.
The Lotus :
The Makers of our Indian Constitution decided to put a symbol that on one hand exemplifies spiritual emancipation of the Human Soul but at the same time on the other hand holds the promise that our country’s (and her people’s) origins hold a spiritual and not a materialistic promise for growth and liberation. Hence the Lotus which is a divine symbol in India; its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the Human Soul; the growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise.
Inspired by exquisite mirror work found in Kutch, Gujarat, this striking rani pink Lotus pendant with flowing ghungroos is a must have for all the women who love traditional banjara Jewellery.
This utterly beautiful pendant known as the LOTUS SEVEN CHAKRA PENDANT has stones that help release negative energy AND whats more can match with just about any colour or outfit – be it Indian or western !!!! We love versatile pieces like these !!!!
A beautiful and contemporary piece, the necklace consists of five 92.5 Sterling Silver Lotuses strung on a black/ maroon cord. Wear it as it is, or loop it twice around your neck to make it a choker!
The flower-shaped Lotus pendant with dark-blue glass is one of spectacular pendants that represent the various flowering stages of the mythical lotus flower, hence symbolising the gradual development of the Kundalini . This striking Blue Lotus pendant with flowing ghungroos is a must have for all the women who love traditional banjara Jewellery.
The choice was the peacock for the following reasons:
– The bird must be well distributed within the country in order for it to be declared ‘national’.
– It must be recognizable to the common man.
– It must lend itself to formal depiction, i.e., abstract depiction on Government publications, etc.
– It must not be confused with the bird emblem of any other nation.
– It is associated with Indian myths and legends, the peacock is represented in ancient Indian art and sculpture.
A beautiful statement bangle kada with detailed foliate engraving, with peacocks on two ends, meeting in a screw fastening. This is a stunning kada and is a real eye-catcher.
Designed around a delightful pair of stylised peacocks , surmounted by an exquisite green onyx stone . ending in 5 lines of linked chandeliers , this one is surely an eyeball grab !!!!!
The Tiger as the National Animal of India symbolizes the power, strength, elegance, alertness, intelligence and endurance of the nation. It has been chosen as the National animal due to its grace,strength, agility and enormous power. It is found throughout the country except in the north-western region.
Designed as a set of Tiger head Terminals with an intricately carved kada body. This beautiful Kada is made with pure 92.5 Sterling Silver which is the highest proportion of silver that can be used to make jewellery. This is a unisex kada and can be worn by both men and women.
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