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    Paarisha’s new range is bringing boho chic back

    Chinanshu Sharma quit her corporate career to turn jewellery designer over three years ago. Certified by the Indian Institute of Jewellery Design, Jaipur, Sharma made jewellery that was far from the usual — she focused on using yarns, base metals and unconventional mediums. The designer, who even gets most of her off-beat designs patented, has been successfully carving a niche for herself across the country through web stores. She is now out with her latest collection that incorporates yet another unusual technique – basket weaving from banana fibres.

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    “My aesthetic is very experimental. My pieces cater to the woman who wants something different and out of the ordinary,” she explains. Sharma mixes silk yarn and banana fibre using a basket weave technique that lends itself to an eccentric, bright colour wheel.
    The designer, who has previously used recycled bicycle parts and old coins very creatively in her work, found her inspiration this time around through a chance encounter with a lady from Africa. “I saw that she used this technique and was immediately inspired to adapt it,” she tells us.

    Appearing on necklaces, bracelets and anklets, the weave gets a Bohemian interpretation when she adds tiny multi-coloured woolen pom poms. “It’s what makes it fun, quirky, and wearable,” adds Sharma. With the selective use of copper and brass, Sharma’s creations can be teamed with both ethnic and Western wear. “I even bring in style consultants (on my blog) to advise clients on how best to complement the pieces,” she says. Look out for her fuchsias, purples, reds and greens to perk up your monsoon. And while you are browsing, check out her previous work that includes belts and earrings too.

    Rs. 1,700 upwards. Available from June15 at paarisha.com. Other collections are available on jaypore.com. Details: facebook.com/PaarishaByChinanshu

    —Susanna Chandy

     

     

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