A maniya is a bead. The Kalbeliya community of the Thar desert in Rajasthan traditionally used beads as money, talismans and for adornment. This legacy lives on through Sushila's exquisitely intricate jewelry.
100% of the proceeds of the sale of these pieces goes to Sushila.
In the images below: - Sushila embroidering a gudri (blanket). - Her home. - Video of Sushila beading. - Her sister-in-law wearing a necklace Sushila made.
When beading the jewelry, Sushila does not use a needle. Instead she uses a traditional method of twisting the thread to thread each bead! You can see this in the video.
The beading is worked vertically The necklaces, for instance, 40 strands are beaded vertically to create the piece.