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    Sharmila Nair’s sari-inspired design  venture forays into the world of jewels with Sakhya

    From the pricking pain associated with the first ear piercing, to playing dress-up with heirloom pieces, Kochi-based designer Sharmila Nair, founder of the year-old online boutique Red Lotus, believes that women and their jewellery are linked in more ways than just fashion.

    This 25-year-old Kochiite’s maiden venture in jewellery designing, Sakhya, celebrates the most private and intimate moments of womanhood with minimalistic designs.“Chunky or avant-garde designs are not something you would see on a breastfeeding mother or five-year-old girl. So, in our collection, we have only used simple lightweight jewellery that enshrines class. The title Sakhya, meaning friendship, connotes the eternal bond between women and jewels,” explains Nair.
    Crafted in collaboration with Delhi-based jeweller Avantika Sharma, released through a photo essay capturing moments from various stages of a woman’s life, Nair’s models are relatable figures. Beginning with a pregnant woman musing over her baby bump wearing a minimal neck chain dotted with a solitaire, Nair’s muses extend to mature patrons too, with traditional chains embellished with zircon stones.

    “Being an everyday wear accessory line, Sakhya highlights textured chains in gold-plated and silver variants along with lace chokers, dotted with semi-precious stones like emeralds and rubies,” she elaborates, adding that her collection is for all women regardless of whether they are six or 60-year-old.The three-week-old collection features florals in the children’s designs and an interplay between geometric patterns and textures in other pieces. They’re also one of the first to include transgender models in the apparel collection, Mazhavil.
    `450 onwards. Details: facebook.com/REDLOTUSdesignz/
    —Arya P Dinesh 

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