It's a jhumka alright, but not a JHUMKA jhumka in that sense of the word ; it's much more than that. Crafted for Ms.Debleena Biswas (who you read about yesterday) this ornament relied on a single c...
It's a jhumka alright, but not a JHUMKA jhumka in that sense of the word ; it's much more than that. Crafted for Ms.Debleena Biswas (who you read about yesterday) this ornament relied on a single crucial instruction that the 'chhata' of the earring be long and not wide, meaning there should be more length than girth to the umbrella part of the ornament. Now, simple as it sounds, to make a 'pure' jhumka while ensuring it succeeds as a dangler is not very easy. Also, it's a somewhat contrarian view of a traditional Bengali jhumka. All the more commendable therefore the fact that Debleena drew us the form and design ; we filled in the details.
The choice of a medley of katai, ball, reji and beaten-wire workmanship in 22K natural gold was obvious ; we needed the earring to be one that could be worn with most other Bengal jewellery and be distinct at the same time ; it had to also perform brilliantly, alone. This combination of craft styles, their arrangement, and the antique finish all contribute towards making this an ornament of rare character in which form, function and detailing come together so well that the jewel is raised to the stature of a modern classic. All credit deservedly goes to Debleena ; she designed it ; we've merely brought it to fruition and, of course, named it after her. That's the least we could do.
In salutation to her, let this be a clarion call to all you who harbour aesthetic thoughts and cherish every day lived with great depth of consideration for all things aesthetic : come, create, design. Let us together make life beautiful.