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    If you fancy handcrafted bags, Minakshi Rathi is ready to surprise

    CHENNAI girl Minakshi Rathi loves her colours. The accessory designer explains her aesthetic with her Rajasthan roots. Rathi is the creative tour-de-force behind the handbag brand, The Mojo Studio, and has a fine collection of box clutches and sling bags made from brocade, silk, leather and faux leather now available in the city.
    The brand is now eight years old; Rathi, 29, who has a degree in Electronic Media (MOP Vaishnav), discovered her love for design during college. The inception of Mojo and her first collection of clutches followed soon after.
    a�?All of Mojoa��s products are by skilled craftsmen. My preferred design aesthetic is using traditional Indian elements on modern mediums. I used motifs like the Indian tiger and peacock in my earlier work. Now, I use a lot of bright Kutchi fabrics and hand-embroidery using thread work for my bigger bags. For my box clutches, ita��s techniques like petit point and French knots, but I keep the shapes of all the bags geometric and structural to ensure that they are contemporary.a�? Rathi is also expanding her repertoire of work with bespoke packaging services for weddings, baby showers and
    other festive occasions.
    Bags at Rs 1,400 onwards. Rs 100
    per item for packaging. Details: 9841540881

    Shibi Kumaramangalam


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