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Amethyst presents an exclusive pop up of “The Sangam Collection” by Swapna Mehta reference January 23rd and 24th, 2019

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Amethyst : presents exclusive pop up of “The Sangam Collection” by jewellery designer Swapna Mehta. Swapna Mehta’s “Sangam” collection is a tribute to the idealism and the classic grace and strength that these women depict and names each piece of jewellery after a Vedic or Sangam Tamil poetess who were all in the forefront with their contribution. Women play a prominent role in the early Tamil epics and poetry unlike most ancient literatures of the world, where a woman often only is a romantic partner to the male lead, but has no role of her own beyond that of wife or lover. We see something atypical in the earliest period of Tamil poetry and in the Sangam period – a view which  mirrors that women are made of sacred power and are wonderful creations of Brahma. Price range Rs.4 Lakhs to Rs.30 Lakhs from 11.00am to 7.30pm at Amethyst, Entrance next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai 600 014. Ph: 044 45991630/31/32

The Artist

Hailing from the fabled Golconda region, Swapna Mehta meticulously crafts vintage, jeweled pieces into the contemporary art space, her jewelry offering a startlingly fresh narrative to the fantasia tales of her homeland. She upcycles numerous ancient elements into a distinctive modern story, seamlessly fusing tribal, classical, deco, vintage and ritual Indian jewelry pieces. With each such element being complemented, offset or melded with another equally exquisite piece with the full weight of its own history.

Her artwork from Inception To Finish

If I stumble upon a piece with craftsmanship of a bygone era, with old gems and pearls, then no matter what metal or how badly damaged it is, I will use it. For me, it is a piece of history, of great handmade craftsmanship which, much like an old woven textile, cannot be compared to the machine-made products of today. The process is quite simple. I stitch the pieces together with a thread, and then my karigar and goldsmith replicate the same flow with a gold wire.

Swapna Mehta brand is currently being handled by art connoisseur Czaee Shah. Their first art collaboration was a showing at London’s Indian antiquity gallery Francesca Galloway. The theme explored how the pieces of old discarded jewels are the refugees of the Indian design diaspora and the urgent need to rescue them and restore them in the contemporary context to semblance of social and religious significance they once had.

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