Fun and colourful feather jewellery
Feather jewellery has undergone a much-needed makeover and has been given a modern twist thanks to new techniques in feather art. Gone are the days of plain brown and black feathers, symmetrically aligned with a few wooden beads in between, reminiscent of traditional Red Indian inspired fashion which was a rage in the mid-90's. The modern feather jewellery collection features speckled, bleached, fluorescent, even polka-dotted variations which are all juxtaposed with shiny crystals, semi-precious stones, silver charms and other accessories, and are a far cry from anything resembling an ethnic look.
One of the most popular feather jewellery designs is the animal print, which is closely followed up with polka dot prints. Real feathers are sanitized and bleached, and colored dyes are applied to them. They are then left to dry for approximately 48 hours are which additional dyes are applied to give them the desired look. The process of altering the original color of a feather is painstaking and is often carried out by hand, since no machines can carry out a process which involves such delicate handling. The finished feathers are then attached together via thin nylon thread and are added to a larger piece.
Feathers feature as part of earrings, neck pieces, chokers, bracelets, charm bracelets, head pieces, and even belts and shoes. High fashion themes have involved full feather ensembles inclusive of jewellery and accessories, and it is not uncommon to find feathers paired with precious metals and stones. The humble feather has certainly come a long way since being part of the body of a bird!
Peacock feathers are easily available in India, and, keeping in line with international fashion trends, local designers are also getting into the groove of incorporating feathers as part of their unique fashion jewellery lines; it is noteworthy that the primary use of the peacock feather prior to the advent of the feather fashion brigade, was as part of a fan made of the feathers; a common scene in historical television dramas involved a royal or spiritual figure being fanned with a fan made of peacock feathers. Now however, they have made their mark as exclusive and often expensive one-of-a-kind neck pieces.
DIY or do-it-yourself jewellery kits incorporate the versatility and beauty of multicolored feathers with ease, and fashion aficionados have discovered the joy of mixing and matching colored and patterned feathers of their own choice in order to make their own feather jewellery. Additional glamour can be added via sequins, crystals, even semi-precious stones.
Feather fashion jewellery offers the option of taking on ethnic, elegant or high-fashion looks. The feathers themselves are light and have a soft texture, thereby making them comfortable to wear for long periods. They are fun, trendy and affordable by everybody. The option to customize pieces according to preference is a fun-filled option, and while the only disadvantage of this type of jewellery appears to be the fraying of the feathers, the cheap cost of acquiring some more is always there.