Anki Bunki Aditi
Three years ago, designer Aditi Chakraborty started making jewellery to cope with depression. After receiving much appreciation from buyers, she was motivated to do more with her work and that's how her label Anki Bunki Aditi, which means Aditi’s doodles, was born.
Chakraborty, who's not a trained designer, uses clay as a mainstay of her pieces. Other materials like wood, semiprecious stones, ceramic beads, brass, copper, fabric and ‘found objects’ also make it to her designs. “I like crafting pieces no one would imagine as jewellery,” says Chakraborty.
The inspiration for her jewellery has always been Kolkata, Indian mythology and folklore. This student of botany and forestry also uses various flowers as her motifs, especially “puja flowers” like akondo, the violet flower that grows with weeds and is used to worship lord Shiva. Other flowers that find their way in her work are hibiscus, shiuli or night jasmine and aparajita.
Other than her big bold pendants and bib necklaces, her colourful statement earrings can also make for an offbeat pick, though she is the first to warn against using both together. “My neckpieces are rather big so I would suggest one to avoid wearing earrings with it,” she says. AT facebook.com/Pabloaditi/
A model sports a necklace by Anki Bunki Aditi