Traditional jewellery will always remain a class apart, no matter how many modern trends emerge. This fact has prompted new jewellery designers to use ancient designs in the latest styles created by them.
Who hasn’t nurtured a desire for Bengali jewellery? The traditional designs have been kept alive by families, which handed down family jewels across generations. The jewellers of Kolkata, as well as their probashi counterparts, continued to craft jewellery in traditional mould, which helped to further popularise the tradition.
Most people have a soft corner for Bollywood – its actors and the movies that come out of it – so when a movie like Devdas or Parineeta comes out, Bollywood’s fans feel a fresh desire to possess Bengali jewellery. When Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu got married in true Bengali style, people not only scanned the photo for a look at the new couple but also to check out her trousseau and her jewellery, which was reputedly as traditional as it got.
For Myntra customers who are fans of Bengali jewellery, the Hyderabad-based jewellery designer Suhani Pittie – who has won a slew of awards around the world – has launched her range of Bengali boutique jewellery on Myntra, exclusively. She has named her new collection Dooi, a tweaking of the Bengali word Dui, which means two. Asked to share the reason behind the name, she said, it symbolizes the next chapter in her career of jewellery design as well as the start of her second decade of work.
Suhani Pittie has been named by no less than the World Gold Council, among the ‘Top 10 Most Inventive and Ingenious Jewellery Designers In The World’. She is known for her design philosophy, which is inspired by Indian history, art and culture.
By bringing her onboard, Myntra has further enhanced its already massive collection of traditional and handcrafted jewellery.
The Dooi jewellery collection is a set of three collections, whose designs are drawn from the sprawling homes of old-time Kolkata. The first collection is ‘Khancha’, a mesh-like surface in Bengali. The jewellery has grill patterns, inspired by grilled stained glass windows of old Kolkata homes. The second collection is ‘Aakaar’, or shape, with jewellery in various shapes that remind one of the architectural design of archaic homes. The third collection is ‘Alpana’, the word Bengalis use to describe the painted motifs drawn on festive occasions in Bengali culture. Suhani Pittie has used traditional Alpnana designs on modern acrylic, creating a stunning effect.
On the occasion of the launch, CMO and Head, International Brands Business, Myntra, Gunjan Soni said, “Suhani Pittie is an outstanding professional with spectacular achievements and is one among the few designers with an inherent talent for crafting metals. Myntra’s association with her marks an epoch as we make available a stunning collection of traditional and handcrafted jewellery to the young and fashion conscious in India.”
Suhani Pittie was the first Indian jewellery designer to be selected to showcase at the Miami Fashion Week. Afterwards, she received an order from the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Her design collections have been shown at the India Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, etc, with many celebrities, including Sonam Kapoor, often seen wearing them.
The new collection is available on Myntra at a price point of Rupees 1,700 to Rupees 5,300.
The stunning Dooi by Suhani Pittie collection has winners like the Silver-Plated Aakar Handcrafted Drop Earrings; Green Gold-Plated Khancha Handcrafted Cut-Out Bangle; Gold-Plated Khancha Handcrafted Cut-Out Drop Earrings; Silver-Plated Aakar Handcrafted Beaded Drop Earrings; Gold-Plated Khancha Handcrafted Multistranded Bracelet; Silver-Plated & Gold-Plated Moon Shine Handcrafted Cuff Bracelet; Off-White Gold-Plated Moon Shine Handcrafted Synthetic Pearl Drop Earrings; Orange Gold-Plated Khancha Handcrafted Cut-Out Drop Earrings.