A very unusual piece consisting of a glass tube with a foil interior and an intricately hand-knotted cord. Traditionally, Indian jewelry was made with silk and cotton threads that were hand-knotted with beads and precious gems in intricate patterns. This craft is known as "charakam", and the word "charak" refers to the spindle that is used to wind the thread in the hand-knotting process. Artisans from Uttar Pradesh in Northern India are well known for their skills in making hand knotted jewelry and this is one of their products.
The fair trade company behind this product is dedicated to preserving the indigenous art forms of India by supporting the artisan communities who uphold these traditions. It reinvests all profits--after covering operating costs--back into these communities through micro-finance, health care, and educational programs.
The revenue earned through the sale of these handicrafts is used for need-based development programs throughout India, under the auspices of the All India Movement for Seva (www.aimforseva.org).