The Ekaya x Misho collaboration is for modern women who want to blend tradition with contemporary ideas while looking for modern heirlooms.
When a cult textile label meets a contemporary jewellery label, it’s fireworks of the fashionable kind. Case in point: Ekaya x Misho, a new collaboration that sees the two powerhouse homegrown labels coming together. Using the ancient traditions of silversmithing from Gujarat, designer Suhani Parekh of Misho has made sure timeless jewellery pieces are created by blending the brocades of Benaras in this limited-edition collection.
Textile jewellery is alluring and it is a delight to watch traditional pieces getting revamped and recreated to suit modern needs. This collection takes that account and has hand-woven textiles taking centre-stage and precious jewellery created using recycled sterling silver and repurposed fabrics. No two pieces are alike, and every design is heirloom-like. The complete collection features four necklaces, four earrings, and a maang tikka in striking jewel tones of fuchsia pink, emerald green, and gold, perfect for the festive season.
“Over time, we have translated our fabrics into jackets, shirts and blouses, skirts, as well as pocket squares, and more recently, face masks made with leftover material from Ekaya Thaan. Now you will be able to see similar upcycled material as ‘gems’ in this jewellery collection. I want people to think about the fact that heirlooms also become a big part of our lives when they are gifted, or shared with peers. This is a profound aspect of modern heirlooms in the making,” says Ekaya’s CEO Palak Shah.
Parekh also understands the importance of innovation while upholding age-old traditions. “Growing up, important moments were often marked by my mother or grandmother giving me a piece of jewellery or a sari from their treasured collections. Both textiles and jewellery have a rich heritage in India, and I love that we have been able to bring them together, using exclusively recycled materials. I think both Misho and Ekaya tap into the essence of what the modern Indian woman wants to express,” she says.
Over the past few months, Ekaya has been collaborating with like-minded individuals and creators to explore and blend Indian traditions with modern ideas. Jewellery label Misho too has been expanding their prowess by creating Air pod-friendly jewellery and collaborating with new-age, contemporary brands like Bhaane. This exquisite project with Ekaya is another feather in the cap for the label that is looking to bridge tradition with modernity.