The biannual makers market event held in Chennai aka Madras, dedicated to handmade & design by independent talent, artisanal & homegrown labels.
Artist – designer, Razia Kunj shares with us in detail about her new collection, the showcase at the By Hand From The Heart Makers Market and more. Read on…
Tell us about the new collection.
The concept of Moksha has always intrigued me. It seemed to have everyone in its grip. And I was no exception. So it’s no surprise that I chose Moksha as an inspiration for my next collection.
The sadhus I came across my travels were my muse and so were the ascetics who have renounced the world and subsist on alms collected in a begging bowl.
My journey to Moksha unfolds in metal Shiv Lingas, rudrakshas, beads and colourful threads.
Moksha to me is not renunciation or Kashi or any of those things that are conventionally associated with it. When Moksha, in its strict sense, is the abandonment of sensorial delights, my Moksha is quite the opposite. It embraces the pleasures of the senses. While the idea of Moksha is the liberation of the soul, my Moksha captures the soul in every design.
With every piece, I have tried to bring alive what’s within me, the super-consciousness, if I were to speak in the spiritual tongue. Rather than delving deep into Moksha and its significance, I have tried to interpret Moksha through every knot, bead and twirled metal.
Every piece from Moksha is created with a certain devotion. Every minute detail has been taken care of, be it the cotton cords or the colours used that bring a sense of Vermillion, sandalwood paste and sacred ash. Through the weaving in of these spiritual elements, every piece is transformed into a meditation in itself, for I’m a devotee, but of art and beauty. Be it a necklace or the wristband, the creation of it was like a conversation with the supreme and a soul-stirring one at that.
And this was enlightenment to me, sans the rivers, rituals and rites. Hope it evokes the same in you.
Do you have a favourite piece or collection that you like to make?
Nothing is planned as to what I will do next. I always like to believe my favourite work is yet to come.
What has been your biggest lesson?
I have learnt that art in its purest form without making any compromise is universally loved and appreciated.
What are your dreams and ambitions for your business?
Today online ecommerce platform is my primary source of business. Off line I am present in select stores across the country. The plan is to increase volumes on
e commerce and increase retail presence that fit the brand value and essence.
Your experience with By Hand From The Heart Makers Market
By Hand From The Heart is the best thing to happen to designers. Each show is beautifully curated giving each entrepreneurial designer a platform to showcase their creation. They are thoughtful and sensitive to the sentiments of a maker. With every edition they are building a community of like minded designers and makers and I wish their community keeps growing.
Meet the Maker @
By Hand From The Heart Makers Market 24th Edition
Friday – Saturday
24th – 25th August, 2018
10:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m
Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, (old Adyar Gate Hotel)
132, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, India.