Jewellery for Life
September 16, 2008
Fabindia's accessory range
I spent my school years in their tiny tops and skirts. In college, I graduated to their flowing patialas. For formal work parties, I look no further than their gorgeous tussars and printed silks. Yup, this is Fabindia, so much a part of our lives that it seemed natural to try their linen, food products and pamper range when they branched out.
So guess who was first in queue to check out their jewellery line? I expected their designs to be likeable, wearable and affordable. Check for all three, but I was pleasantly surprised by the thoughtulness that divided the range into three distinct collections: the classical Anusuya, the unusual and contemporary Ananya and the trendy and casual Amna.
Anusuya features intricate designs from Ladakh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Orissa. I could imagine pairing them with heavy sarees for a dressed-down effect, or wearing a single ornate piece as a conversation-stopper. Contemporary designs in silver, copper, brass, wood and leather based on age-old techniques form the Ananya range, perfect for the quirky wardrobe of the woman who refuses to follow the herd. And the very fun Amna line, made up of interesting beads, textiles, wires, terracotta and other innovative materials, is the perfect accompaniment to satchels, flip-flops and college classrooms.
Admiring a pair of turquoise and silver earrings, I wondered what I’d wear them with. Jeans? A salwar suit? Yes, to both. And then some.
Fabindia jewellery. Priced between Rs 80 and Rs 8000. www.fabindia.com. To be gradually introduced in all stores.
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