'Bawra' is a sufi word meaning a poetic wanderer lost in a state of wonder and meditation.

“Renewable Pleasures: The India Chapter” by Esther Brinkmann on view at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

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“I have collaborated very rarely. I only worked with one person for the meenakari. I met the National Awardee, Kamal Kumar meenakar three months after I arrived in India. An artist I met gave me his address, and I went to see Kamalji in his workshop in Jaipur. It is an old palatial haveli, where all his ancestors were meenakari masters working for the royalty. I was so excited to find the tradition in continuance. I explained to him, I am not only a designer, but I also make things myself. I had to explain that I wanted to make the metal objects and surfaces myself. He told me he was able to have the metal made for me, but I cannot work like that, since my ideas come intuitively while making. I also experiment with weight, thicknesses, and textures of the metal. Ideas come to me as I work.”

“Renewable Pleasures: The India Chapter”, Unique Handmade Jewellery by Esther Brinkmann is being exhibited at Gallery Chemould – Prescott Road, Mumbai from July 28 – August 23, 2014. Read more here.

Understanding Surfaces: Jewellery and Identity by Pravu Mazumdar


PMThe complete lecture titled Understanding Surfaces : Jewellery and Identity by Pravu Mazumdar, delivered at Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich earlier this year is available here



Tanvi Kant’s contemporary textile jewellery

British-born Tanvi Kant works with hand-constructed techniques in order to prolong the life of textiles.  She sources fabrics from local tailors and seamstresses as well as saris from her circle of family and friends. Tanvi also makes bespoke pieces with clients’ own fabrics. Her work is designed and made through an exploration of the inherent qualities of an extensive range of fabrics. The forms of each fabric combination in her one-off jewellery pieces reflect the distinctive colour, weave, fibre and weight of the originating fabric. She explores a raw simplicity, textural and colourful delight in her constructed organic forms resulting in sensual collections of work developed from colour stories inspired by our own seasonal moods drawn from cycles in nature. Tanvi’s parents are both Gujarati born and have lived in the UK and USA. Tanvi is now based in London and transforms influences from her Gujarati heritage into an expression closer to her own fluid sense of identity through her practice.

More about her work here.

Qi by Ruudt Peters at Galerie Spektrum, Munich

Project Bawra visited Qi, an exhibition of Ruudt Peters’ beautiful and very inspiring work at Galerie Spektrum, Munich as part of Schmuck 2014.

© 2014 Krystof Kriz

More images and videos of the show can be seen here



The Moscow Kremlin Museum showcases 400 years of India’s jewellery traditions

Kremlin SiteThe exhibition titled ‘India. Jewels That Enchanted The World’ currently on at The Moscow Kremlin Museum is the most comprehensive showcase of 400 years of India’s fine jewellery, its range and variety of traditions. The exhibition takes place from April 12th to July 27th, 2014 and has been curated by Dr. Usha R. Balakrishnan.

Read about it here


India’s gold jewellery market statistics

Interesting statistics here on the gold jewellery market in India by World Gold Council.

Pictures from a jewellery workshop in Jaipur

Schmuck 2014 – Contemporary Jewellery Show, Munich

IMG_8987LR_905Here are pictures of participants and visitors proudly sporting beautiful jewellery at Schmuck 2014, the prestigious contemporary jewellery show that took place for the 55th time in Munich this year.

© 2014 Krystof Kriz

Jewellery and Identity with Pravu Mazumdar

Pravu_Mazumdar_smallProject Bawra recently attended a lecture by Pravu Mazumdar titled Understanding Surfaces: Jewellery and Identity at Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich.

Read about it here. The lecture should also be available soon on the museum website.

Photo: © Nadja Mair 2014

Manish Arora for Amrapali


Read here about the exciting result of Indian fashion designer Manish Arora’s collaboration with Amrapali, the Indian jewellery house.