In the mid-19th century, Jhansi was ruled by Queen Rani Lakshmi Bai. The widow of the Rajah, she became regent when the couple's adopted son inherited the throne at a young age. An unconventional queen, she insisted on speaking with her advisers and British officials face to face, wore a turban, and trained women in her circle to ride and fight. Soon after the Rajah died, the East India Company offered the queen a pension if she agreed to cede control. She refused. Tensions escalated, and in early 1858, the British stormed Jhansi’s fortress. The Queen fled on horseback with her son. She then decided to join the rebel forces and began training an army in the nearby state of Gwalior. The British troops attacked Gwalior, whereby the Queen personally led a countercharge “clad in the attire of a man and mounted on horseback”, and was later killed in the skirmish. Read the NYT's fascinating obituary here, and wear these earrings to celebrate her life.
Sarus is handcrafted with love in Uttar Pradesh’s villages by craftspersons and housewives who have little or no education. SFA Studio, a jewellery company set up by Sachin and Aarti of Delhi, provide villagers with artisanal skills training and employment opportunities. The craftspersons are paid fair wages and with the skills training, have access to sustainable streams of income. Indiigo Culture, in collaboration with SFA Studio, is proud to present our first collection of earrings, crafted from resin, thread, wood, beads, and hypoallergenic metals. Sarus is named after the Sarus Crane, the state bird of Uttar Pradesh, a symbol of eternal love, devotion, and good fortune.
Details and Care
- Each item comes in a gift box
- Approximately 7.5cm in length, 5cm in diameter
- Nickle-free and hypoallergenic
- Metal will tarnish over time due to oxidisation, and may be easily cleaned using a metal polish
Please note that every piece differs slightly from pictured item and may have colour variations or small imperfections due to handcrafting; all measurements are approximate.