Bold State­ment

Anki Bunki Aditi

India Today - - COVER STORY -

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/

Pho­to­graph by SUBIR HALDER SUSMITA ROY Makeup by MALAY ROY STU­DIO D AMIT

A model sports a neck­lace by Anki Bunki Aditi

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