Wear your creative flair!
It is every woman's desire to look unique in any and all occasions and while it's true that older styles are making comebacks in clothes and accessories these days, when it comes to jewellery, traditional styles just aren't getting the job done anymore, at least not unless they're given a makeover! So let's see where we might get our creative jewellery this year.
Dangly does it
Dangly, funky earrings in coloured stones, beads and combos of bright and muted colours are on everyone's mind. Deshal has an interesting lot to choose from, all within a 100 taka price range. They have stones, beads in bright colours, thread work with beads in funky modern jhumkas, and many more styles that'll keep you occupied for hours. The place also boasts the long, loopy necklaces in beads that are in this season. These also cost less than Tk-100 unlike in other places and make great accessories with kurtis and peasant tops. However, the earrings and the neck wear can look overdone when thrown in together so do be careful while deciding on an ensemble.
The sound of…bangles
Throw away those silly little excuses for bracelets and treat your wrists with the real thing- dozens of glass bangles in the hottest colours or the huge new ones made from water hyacinth designed by Bibi Russel for Aarong. Glass bangles used to be hard to find except at Boishakhi melas but now plenty of places like Jatra, Aarong and others are offering them at about Tk- 20 -25 per dozen. The other kind cost about Tk- 30 per piece and come in muted colours that can be thrown in with a variety of clothes.
If you are into sets of necklaces and earrings and sick of the same old varieties, Mayasir is the cure to all your headaches. This place has the most unique and classy jewellery in all of Dhaka and not just in sets either. They have a variety of earrings in oxidized silver, some with stones or mina work, some minimalist and some with more elaborate work. As far as personal favourites go, Mayasir offers these shakha- like bangles in red plastic with some silver work on it which look great when worn with a red and white or pain red sari or kameez. If silver is your metal of choice and you are willing to spend a little more than the usual for their unusual designs, this is the place to be.
Sick of silver
Why not when there's so much more to be had? The newest additions to the list of cool places for jewellery in town, Piran and Teronga have plenty of amazing stuff to offer. There's copper and other metal bangles at about Tk-30- 80 per piece, fat and thin, plane and textured. There are sets of ear and neck gear at about Tk- 150 and above and of course plenty of dangly earrings at Tk-30- 100.
Whoever thought gold was a boring, formal looking metal kept aside for weddings and big occasions? Aarong's newest line of gold wear is going to make you think again. It has long antique looking earrings but with all the flair of the dangly beauties of modern times, traditional designs somehow manipulated to give them a new feel just like the place itself is constantly reinventing itself to keep up with the competition. For a price of about Tk-18000, you can get yourself a pair of these neo traditional pieces and although the prices are on the high end they're definitely worth it.
Metal, metal everywhere, where to find respite? In the earth, I hear, or rather jewellery made from it! Gone are the days of hefty, overdone terracotta jewellery and the stuff is reborn in chic modern styles to suit your every fashion need. There are several places to buy these but one good place is a little store call Idea located on the ground floor of the building where Probortona is located. This place has earrings, necklaces and sets in various designs and shapes to suit different tastes. Painted, textured or plain these come at very affordable prices. Favourites here are coloured bangles, or 'balas' which come within the price of about Tk-100 and can be worn as fashionably with saris as can be with kurtis! They're not to be missed. Other places for such jewellery can be found in the Aziz Cooperative Super Market in Shahbag.
When all else fails
Of course there is New Market and Gausia to fall back on! The only thing is, you have to browse through the shops and come up with your own combinations as everything is pretty much helter-skelter. And also, the prices are all negotiable regardless of what the talkative salesmen say. This is a great place for chandelier earrings (at not more than Tk-50) with different coloured stones and also funky square shaped bangles ( @ Tk-30 and above) that look like they've been made from parts of some machine! Check them OUT!
New in town
If you are into stones and strings in different colours, there's this new collection in town to check out- Tanvir's collection that will be exhibited at Tangail Sari Kutir in Baily Road soon. The designer who was educated in the Centre for Advanced Design in Malaysia as a graphic designer, found in Indonesia, thousands of different coloured stones that became the inspiration behind his work. In a place about an hour and a half's drive from Jakarta, he discovered a market for semi precious stones with over a hundred stores where you can pick out stones and make yourself something using them right there. The experience enchanted him so much that he decided to bring these stones to Bangladesh and design his line with them. He uses emeralds, onyxes, pearls and a wide variety of stones paired with the famous Bali beads, and makes jewellery well suited for use in our cultural and social context. His prices range between Tk- 500 and 1600, which are pretty affordable when you consider the quality of his products. For most of his work, no two pieces are the same which makes them all the more desirable.
Everything that begins must end, but hopefully all the info provided here will be useful even beyond this season.
Photo: Amirul Rajiv