Investigation of Form Clusters Made of Smallest Semantic Units and Patterns

ICORD 11: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Research into Design Engineering, Bangalore, India, 10.-12.01.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: Vyas,K.Parag; Bapat, V. P
Section: Design Aesthetics, Semiotics, Semantics
Page(s): 766-774


India has a rich tradition of jewellery and there are a number of styles of jewellery making in practice. Kundan is a type of traditional Indian jewellery that uses a framework of gold crafted in intricate details. A smallest semantic unit, often identifiable by a name, is fundamental building block ofKundan jewellery. An assemblage of these put together in a certain manner constitutes a form cluster, which in turn by repetition, constitute an article. This study is focussed on forms created by smallest semantic units and their interplay with each other.To study thosemethodically, photographs, renderings and shop floor presentation montages weremeticulously traced out and converted into vector artworks. Each artwork was then labelled and various semantic units used in construction of that article tabulated. Study elucidates preferential semantic units, arranged in a particular manner as form clusters. Form clusters created by these preferential semantic units consequently influence likeness in a positive way

Keywords: Kundan, Jewellery, Form Clusters, Semantics


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