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Jute? Jewelry from a Plant.

By Feb. 12, 2014
Jute Jewelry is famous for its ethnic style as well as for its low cost.  Jute has proven to be a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to artificially created materials – polythene, for example – to make bags for various purposes. Jute Jewelry is famous for its ethnic style as well as for its low cost. Jute has proven to be a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to artificially created materials – polythene, for example – to make bags for various purposes.

Eco-friendliness has gradually entered the arena of jewelry products and accessories. Along with the fact that some types of metal jewelry have an adverse effect on the skin, this has led to the growing popularity of a type of exclusively handcrafted non-allergenic and eco-friendly jewelry – Jute Jewelry.

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Jute is a variety of hibiscus plant that thrives in warm, wet, and humid climates. The Gangetic Plain located in the region of West Bengal in East India is perfectly suitable for the cultivation of the jute plant. Fertile alluvium deposits present in these regions help in the cultivation of jute in abundance.

The plant commonly known as jute is also called by other names in India – ambari, bimli, kenaf, kosta, mesta, nalita, and pat.

MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Jute is a hard material with strong bond between the inner and outer fibers. The bond needs to be broken by retting – a process in which bundles of jute are soaked into water for approximately 20 days. This process weakens the pectin, a hard substance that constitutes the bond. Once the pectin dissolves in water, the fiber can be easily separated, enabling the long jute strands to be stripped away. The strands thus obtained are washed in fresh water and dried for three days on rooftops. After the drying process, the raw jute fiber is bundled and sent to mills for further processing.

The processed jute threads are dyed in different colors. They are rolled into beads, braided, or hemmed based on the required style. Colorful beads are also added along with the jute strands to give an ethnic look.

VARIETIES
Jute has proven to be a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to artificially created materials – polythene, for example – to make bags for various purposes.

The factors which make jute an attractive mode of fashion are many. They include its light weight, availability in different colors, low cost, durability, and eco-friendliness.

The introduction of technology into the mixing and processing of jute with other materials has facilitated the creation of various types of jute jewelry; including earrings, bracelets, necklace sets, finger rings, clips, and more. Jute bags are also on the market and have become trendy accessories for women. Jute bags are classified and sold as fashion bags, shopping bags, promotional bags, and miscellaneous bags. Jute has proven to be a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to artificially created materials – polythene, for example – to make bags for various purposes.

When combined with other fibers such as rayon, nylon, or cotton, jute fibers can be remarkably versatile. Twine, yarns, and fabric made from jute have found markets worldwide. Jute garments and fashion jewelry have been in vogue for quite some time and the market is set to expand even further owing to the increasing global demands. The cash crop’s diversification into a variety of products ensures that it will continue to flourish and contribute to the economy of India.

POPULARITY
Jute Jewelry is famous for its ethnic style as well as for its low cost.

The Jute Emporium in TTK Road, Alwarpet (Chennai) will help you accessorize with their variety of jute products such as handbags, mobile phone pouches, earrings, wall hangings, and hammocks. Offices can also do their part for the environment by using jute-made files, folders, coasters, and pen holders.

Richly crafted jute slippers, slip-on shoes, and handbags in various sizes are available at all outlets of Health and Glow in Chennai. Some of the other places to find jute accessories in Chennai include Shoppers Stop (Harrington Road), Westside (Spencer’s Plaza) and Globus (T. Nagar).

The average cost of jute jewelry ranges from 100 to 200 rupees (Rs.100/- to Rs.200/-) and varies according to the color combinations in the ornaments and the complexity of the design.

 

Srividhya Ravikumar contributed this article

Srividhya is a housewife. She learnt cooking from her mother, wo she considers as the best cook she has ever met. Her interests include yoga, reading books and family outings. She is a very big fan of the maestro Ilayaraja's music.

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