The items that The Line makes are spare and minimalist. Every factor is assumed by means of. Chatting with Natasha Khurana, the designer behind the New Delhi-based jewelry label, it’s clear she embodies that herself with a direct approach of talking and a private fashion that veers in direction of clear strains and stylish minimalism. We met just lately through the launch of her new assortment – Songbirds, a collaboration with UK-based mining main, Gemfields. At a latest media preview in Mumbai’s Soho Home, the gathering comprising primarily of earrings, necklaces and chokerswas displayed alongside one wall whereas Natasha milled about answering questions from these in attendance.
Throughout a subsequent interview, she shared how the gathering attracts on Indian traditions. “Many of the silhouettes on this assortment have private relevance – just like the taveez, kaan chain, chaandbali, or ladhi.” The gathering’s identify Songbirds then takes from the truth that birds have timeless, distinctive songs which might be very like the nation’s timeless jewelry design.
Talking concerning the collaboration, Natasha says, “My intuition was to take India to the world. For hundreds of years we’ve been the world’s reducing, sharpening, and manufacturing centre and we’ve an enormous canon of our personal distinct jewelry fashion. I wished to take that legacy, and try it my approach, with our customary lightness.”
In addition to the nation, there’s additionally a component of private historical past, with the designer reminiscing , “I bear in mind my mom in her pearl choker paired with saris within the 90s, and that reminiscence really impressed one of many items on this collaboration, the Geeta, which I additionally named for her.” The one temporary from Gemfields to Natasha, she says, was to hero the rubies and emeralds. “Gems at all times cleared the path for me. And particularly with colored gems, it’s instinctive, the wonder is within the eye of the beholder. After I noticed the Gemfields pear-shaped rubies, for instance, I knew that they needed to be hung away from the pores and skin, to let the sunshine cross by means of, that they have been going to be chaandbalis.”
Aside from the chaandbali, the items embrace a fragile kaanphool, tracing the form of the ear whereas being interspersed with Zambian emeralds and rose-cut diamonds is decorative with out being ostentatious. The Akoya pearl and emerald chokers are each equally lovely. It’s the earrings although, that’s most inherently Indian with the circle recurring as a design factor — both within the type of a hoop that’s adorned with colored stone detailing or the chand bali-inspired half moon design.
Since beginning The Line in 2015, Natasha has labored with native artisans for every thing from reducing to sharpening and setting stones. For Songbirds, she notes, “Pirohi, or the artwork of stringing gems, is an Indian speciality that sadly isn’t as in style because it was. That is the primary time I’ve tried it in my work. And the best wanting issues, are sometimes essentially the most misleading. There’s loads of balancing that goes into stringing.”
For Natasha, her designs are led by the stones she finds, as she says, “Gems at all times cleared the path for me, and particularly with colored gems.” She is wanting ahead to seeing the place the stones lead her designs sooner or later.
The jewelry assortment could be bought on gemfields.com