Tired of ramp fashion? I am. Thankfully,I got distracted by the first edition of the India Design Forum (IDF) going on in Delhi currently.
While researching its many aspects (academic,to functional,creative and extremely contemporary),I stumbled into the website of jewellery designer Hanut Singh (www.hanutsingh.com). He is a participant at the IDF.
Hanut is from the royal family of Kapurthala (check out his picture here) and has clearly had enough exposure to precious jewellery,its politics,its value,its vanity to learn to craft it himself. Some of his pieces are arresting alright,that much I find with many contemporary designers though.
I asked Hanut how jewellery mattered to those who didn’t wear it for a story for the Express and he said that it is about enlivening,intoxicating and enjoying,it doesn’t have to be worn or owned for its aesthetic to be valued. This is a significant way to look at jewellery as otherwise its price can underline the diversities that exist in owning it.
Like it or not,precious jewellery is aesthetically important as a piece of art or craft but they all differ so much in affordability that even design becomes a primary privilege of the rich. The poor,must then gaze at a mural put at a railway station to ponder over its beauty.
Hanut disagreed with me about the polarities I notice in jewellery design. On one hand there is this obsession with ‘heritage’ and ‘vintage’. On the other,there is an equally hot passion to experiment with nuts and bolt,jute and discarded metal,with rope,seeds,fossils…
“I don’t think jewellery is polarised”,says Hanut. “Its scope is so vast,the ability to mix ideas and styles,eras and epochs,stones and metals,colours and materials is so vast that it a minefield of ideas. In my sense of aesthetic,that’s they keyplay around,be unique. he adds. Right.