Monday, July 16, 2012

Photos of trunk show continued





Photo credits - Vikhor Tepa
The second show.

My second, now successfully completed trunk show, happened ever so in a rush. 
Early in June, I decided to head to Nagaland and a week before I left, I decided to have a trunk show and I am now so thrilled that I did.

I rushed all over sourcing material in the Delhi heat after researching the Delhi weather to make sure I was out and about only when it was likely to be a little cooler. 
So I lugged the beads, wires, findings, etc. and came home, converted my brothers' room into a temporary work shop and got down to rigorous hours of jewellery making.

My grandpa who is living in Kohima came to stay with us. He, whose memory fails him ever so often, would veritably question me every morning without fail-
"Na azuk arer na?" (Are you stringing necklaces?)
Me - "How ja." (Yes)
"Ayaaaa, tenuk ashitsu agoti". (Ayaaaa, your eyes will hurt ok.)

This continued for the three weeks before the show. 
I think somewhere in some recess of his brain it might have clicked that he saw me do this everyday. 
Less than a week before the show he asked me,
"Shingaia malir nung kechiba paiya kaya yanglur?" 
(Nobody seems to buy your jewellery. Why are you making so many?)

We had a good laugh at home about it.
I'm glad that the second trunk show proved him wrong.

On a different note,
I believe that God has been preparing Toshili through the many years of serious hoarding to coincidentally (was it?) be open to hosting the trunk show at her home.

We - my sister and I, we really did not expect what we got. 
We literally took up with us a trunk of things to help show case the jewellery and our dear friend was waiting with her dear cats all ready and set up.

A spot of tea?
Our busy tea corner with samosas and Shillong's R.B Store biscuits.

A little corner to try on the jewellery.

The room quickly converted to a boutique-like space.
Loved it.

I'm so grateful to all the people who came in to show support.
I'll probably have another show.... soon. 
Hopefully another one to prove grandpa wrong.

Photo credits- Vikhor Tepa.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Income Generation.

To improve the well-being of communities was not a fundamental goal for me. 
It only happened by chance.

I began my work with Sahayak ( you can check their link here ) in 2007. 
Sahayak is the social action wing of the Central Delhi Congregation, DBF. It was a huge opportunity for me to teach these women from Zakheera (a slum) the basics of jewellery making. 
It was not an easy task.

For 2 years I was more than happy to help with their income-generation work but it was barely a tug at my heart then. I probably sound much too harsh to admit this, but it is the truth. 
I was happy to help, but only within my comfort zone, nothing too difficult and only achievable goals.

 It isn't easy trying to alleviate poverty. 
That sounds like a terribly stupid statement to make, but give me a chance.
The reason people talk about it incessantly is because of its parasitic nature and its refusal to let go. 
Putting it simply- the rich want the poor to stay poor, the middle class want the poor to stay poor and the poor want to remain poor.

The cycle of poverty challenges each and every person whose path crosses it. 
It is a difficult cycle to break and like a cat with nine lives you find a solution only to have another one of its ugly lives spring up on you. The responsibility becomes much too great and the problem compounded.

In the 2 years that I spent with the women at Sahayak, over cups of chai and chole bature, I made a point of connection with them.
I dont know when it happened. 
Maybe it was that cup of chai or the hot weather that affected us both.
It could have been the issues we faced as women, 
or maybe it was being able to share a joke that we all laughed at.
But it happened sometime when the walls that divide, where you cannot see the humanity of the other, were broken down.
I think my heart began to beat to a different rhythm then.

It is a continual struggle to look right at the face of poverty and to see the humanity in it. To be unable to see the living, breathing person behind that face.
How do we move from it being a subject of your mind to a subject of your heart?
How do we change a heart that is unmoved by poverty even when we see its blatant face day in and day out?
How do you bring about the change you want to see in your life?

For me it was this very opportunity to sit and work beside the women, to eat with them, to chat, laugh with. And to see them as people. Had someone told me that this would begin the chain, I would have been skeptical.
It really does begin only when we see them as human beings.

Friday, June 22, 2012


I remember those friendship bands that we used to make while growing up. 
Keeping the noose around the big toe, I struggled to make knots in different colours and designs- 
One after the other, keeping a count of the knots and the twists and turns of the strings.

Those days are not fully gone though. 
Macrame has been making a reentry with high-end fashion. It's amazing how something quite ordinary and a fun activity for school girls is a big rage. 
It also brings to mind something Solomon said...

"What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again
there is nothing new under the sun"  Ecclesiastes 1:9

I gladly welcome macrame.
No longer only knots, I'm happy to incorporate nuts, bolts and chains. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

a few photos from the trunk show.
taken by tia.

visiting cards

and a few photos of the fabulous guests.

thank you all for the support. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012


a week ago i had my first trunk show.

it was tiring mentally and physically.
mentally because i had to organize a million and one things.
physically, for my neck and fingers who worked overtime.

Making the jewelry was not very difficult. although trying to gauge styles that would be popular was quite taxing. i finally sat down with Jay and she helped me design the logo which i will be using henceforth.
these are exciting times for this ( now full fledged ) handmade jewelry designer ( flashes her well rehearsed fake photo smile).

the show was a success.
with the many hands that joined in together to help, the 2 hours went by very smoothly.

I am so proud to have one successful show to my name.
although i have miles to go before i sleep,
i'm excited that there is so much more to look forward to.

So i'm not the most proactive person when it comes to blogging and advertising the jewelry online.
i wait and i wait. and then i wait a little longer.
sometimes i wait for months which inevitably turn to years.

In the last few months, there have been so many people who have been advising me, and i am so grateful for that. i am taking steps in spite of the Delhi heat egging me on to procrastinate everything until the elusive tomorrow. 

To make things easier i will eventually / hopefully have everything under one roof. until then more jewelry photos can be viewed here at my page on facebook

And orders..... THAT, is another day away.