Vasundhara: An Interaction

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I admit to be attracted by those experiments that mix traditions and contemporary life, if they are successful, like the new series of works called An Interaction and created by Vasundhara Mantri, an Indian designer with an international background writes Ilaria Ruggiero.

In this case the experimentation is even more interesting, given the use of glass, an unusual material in Indian culture and history.

The designer expresses creativity in experimentation as if it were a new awakening, which requires an approach made up of precision, confidence and control: "Art is forged in emotion. Wearable art must follow its own journey. As it is created, it is imbibed with an energy, which eventually passes on the person who will wear it. Each piece thus has its unique, predetermined purpose '

An Interaction brings into dialogue two different materials, metals and glass, turning its gaze to both Indian and goldsmithing tradition, and to experimenting with style through the interaction with blown, colored and transparent glass, in which metals are wedged, creating wonderful games of shapes and light on the body.

Inspired by surreal art forms the collection comprises of blown glass & metal using the technique of hand blowing of clear glass with a hint of amber, rose pink and black. Each piece is hand crafted & unique. Rhodium plating with the dull gold finish is used for that artistic charm. Assortment comprises of statement necklaces, easy to wear pendants, stylized earrings - conversation pieces and cocktail rings perfect for formal to casual occasions.

The pieces are dramatic, bold & for the woman who believes in herself. An unconventional representation beautifully emulated to make you stand out in the crowd.

Vasundhara Mantri is qualified to create jewellery by her own hands having undergone training at The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), New York.
Her latest line An Interaction was revealed at a bespoke event - an ode to the energy with which her story began. This experiment in wearable art is inspired by surreal art forms.
Her collection Werifesteria was showcased at the first ever accessory show at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter (2016).
Vasundhara’s style embodies power and uniqueness, as seen through her showcases at Lakme India Fashion Week. She presented Yagyaseni: Warrior from Within for Summer/Resort (2015), Blurred Lines for Winter/Festive (2015) and Reverence for Winter/Festive (2017).

She created exclusive jewelry collections for Kiran Uttam Ghosh for Rome Fashion Week (2006), and for Anamika Khanna for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (2007, 2008, 2009) and Couture Week (2008, 2011, 2012).
She has designed jewellery for eminent Indian actress Priyanka Chopra for the film Don (2006) as well as for renowned Indian Director Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Fashion (2008). Her jewelry has graced film industry stalwarts such as Sonam Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Sonak- shi Sinha, Kareena Kapoor, and Shilpa Shetty.

Vasundhara was a semi-finalist at the Vogue India Fashion Fund (2016). She is one of only 15 women worldwide to be awarded The International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award 2009, La Caixa, which is a joint venture of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and The FICCI Ladies Organisation.

She is also a current member of the Fashion Design Council of India. 

About the Contributing Writer

Ilaria Ruggiero is a cultural manager and curator working in the field of contemporary art. She is the founder of Adornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry, a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry. It aims to develop the knowledge and consciousness of contemporary jewelry as artistic discipline and as ground search for technique, aesthetics, and philosophy.


Ilaria Ruggiero


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