Assamese Jewellery - A must buy in Assam

Author: Madhawi Rai
Date: 2019-12-09

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The state's rich custom of manufacturing gold jewellery dates back to several centuries. Most of the famous traditional Assamese jewellery comprise earrings with exquisite Lokaparo, Keru, Thuriya, Jangphai, Long Keru, Sona or Makori; an array of necklaces including Golpata, Satsori, Mukuta Moni, Jon biri, Bena, Gejera, Dhol biri, Doog doogi, Biri Moni, Poalmoni, Jethinejia, Silikha Moni and Magardana, and diversified rings including Senpata, Horinsakua, bakharpata and others. Some designs are solely found in this region only. The jewellery is characteristically hand-made, and the designs mostly depict floral and fauna treasures of the region. Traditional designs of Assamese jewelries are simple but adorned with lively red gemstone, ruby or mina. Black, red and green colors on gold jewelries are most favorites among the buyers these colors also dominate the traditional dresses of tribes and communities of the northeastern states. While looking for places to visit in Assam, do not forget to get a look at these jewelleries of Assam

The traditional ornaments of Assam include Doog-dogi, Kerumoni, Thuriya, Muthi- kharu, Jonbiri, Gam- kharu, Dholbiri, Loka- paro, Bana, Gal- pata and Keru. All these pieces are distinctive in design and pattern. Gam- kharu is a large bracelet made of silver or gold with a clasp. These may also be included in your things to buy in Assam

Among the popular jewellery designs are:

Loka paro: It has two pigeons placed back to back in gold and rubies. It was formerly worn by high profile dignitaries of the royal Ahom dynasty.

Jon-biri: It is a crescent moon shaped pendant and earring with gold and rubies in the front and enamel coating behind it.

Dholbiri: Dholbiri is based on a superior musical instrument drum (Dhol) of Assam.

Golpata: This jewellery design of Assam is made of gold. Stuck around the neck, it has diverse floral designs on it.

Japi: Japi is an old-style conical hat which inspires a popular design element for neck and earpieces.

Assamese Bracelet


Assamese Keru

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