Colours bring to life the unsung melodies of our imagination. Our founder, Sunita Shekhawat makes these melodies flow through and around the intricate shapes of precious jewellery pieces; their striking hues an ode to the equally vibrant life-stories of the woman wearing them.
This sensitivity in creativity comes from the memories of a young Rajput girl, whose life began in Osian Thikana near Jodhpur and unfolded in the most beautiful way, as she travelled through cities around the country, with a father who served in the Indian Air Force.
Read on to find out how the Modern Meenakar came to love colours so much.
“Colours have had a lasting emotional impact on me because I’ve seen communities around the country express them in such endearing ways, shares Mrs. Shekhawat. Even within my own community, I remember how as a child, I used to enjoy observing ladies dressed in clothes of mesmerising colours, congregating at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Everyone was similar to each other and yet so unique. I began to understand colours as a powerful medium of communication, of sharing the beauty of different moods and sentiments. I like colours because they effortlessly accentuate existing, innate and natural beauty.’’
The significance and strength of colours in Rajasthan
I feel life in Rajasthan is more colour-centric than we believe. It’s not just about sacred colours for various festivals and rituals, it’s about colour being a way of thinking, an extension of personality and aesthetic preferences. If you delve deeper and begin tracing the roots of cultural stories and anecdotes behind Rajasthan’s favourite colours, you’ll understand why they’re favourites. I personally love bright colours; and it goes without saying that the iconic colours of Rajasthan, such as the Jodhpur Blue or the Jaipur Pink are high on my list.
But, if you think about it, you can also find a version of the Jodhpur Blue in Turkey’s Lapis (Lazuli) Blue. Also, Jaipur has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This accolade recognises the amalgamation of ancient Indian Vedic and Western urban planning techniques that contribute to Jaipur’s heritage identity; and the characteristic shade of Pink associated with the city is so dominant that it has lent itself to Jaipur’s popular moniker of the same name.
In it’s own steady and confident way the ‘colour palette of Rajasthan’ makes our regional identity - both in terms of the state and our country - truly majestic; because the mutual recognition and understanding of such colours across borders makes the story of this colour palette globally relevant.
The Sunita Shekhawat Neelpushpa collection. Featuring a deep blue inspired by the Indigo-hued homes in Jodhpur’s Old City on one hand and the interiors of Turkey’s Blue Mosque on the other.
On permissible or non-permissible colours in Meenakari
Every colour is the best one, if it makes your heart happy. There are no set rules. So, choosing colours for Meenakari work is largely an intuitive process and all colours or colour combinations are gifts that please a wide variety of personal preferences.
For instance, some may not want black enamel in a wedding set, because black isn’t popularly considered to be an auspicious colour. But, the Indian bride’s mangalsutra has black and gold beads in it. Some brides may desire the same colours for their jewellery because perhaps they perceive their own definition of refinement, depth and elegance in that colour combination. When it’s described as a sentimental and significant investment, fine jewellery is also called personal for a reason, isn’t it?
The Sunita Shekhawat limited edition Kalika Collection. Featuring rare, alluring black enamel that makes a true and timeless power-statement through the stark contrast against gold, diamonds and polkis.
The colour of her mood when she’s feeling tranquil