Working with a new client always means that I’m going to be learning something new. When Anahata got in touch with me ( via Digiqom ), I was intrigued by the intricately made objects I saw on their website. The brand wanted me to photograph some of their star creations for the upcoming Vogue Wedding Show 2017 and while it was very short notice, the Anahata and Digiqom teams worked hard to make it happen. Thankfully, I was able to deliver quickly as well.
They sent over three beautiful items from their collection : a vintage car, a clutch and a photo frame. These sound ordinary, till you lay eyes on them and hold them in your hands. Each item takes a long time to craft. These are made from silver using the filigree technique and some of them are also studded with precious stones like emeralds.
According to Wikipedia, “Archaeological finds in ancient Mesopotamia indicate that filigree was incorporated into jewelry since 3,000 BC.” The technique is still used predominantly in India and Asia.
The vintage car you see in the photographs below? It took two years of design, development and production to create this. Ragini Grandhi, who runs Anahata, is also an artist and I was told that she herself designs these pieces! I had the pleasure of meeting with her at the Vogue Wedding Show 2017 at the Anahata setup ( some photos toward the end of this blog post. )
The vintage was, by far, my favourite and the piece sold quickly as soon as the event opened up. It has three compartments that open up – for storing items like jewelry perhaps. The other items that I quite liked was the clutch – but of course! And they also had writing instruments that caught my eye.
I hope to see more of them and soon! For now, enjoy the photographs below of the painstaking, handmade craftsmanship of these collectibles. It’s tough describing just how beautiful these are in-person, which is why I’m probably using more words meaning the same stuff in the same sentence!
( The second last photograph was shot on my phone at the Vogue Wedding Show. The last photograph with me and Ragini was photographed by Digiqom’s photographer, Dhruv, who was at the scene. I edited it a bit. )
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