Meher Daultana showcased her latest collection at The Scoop London show at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, which coincided with the London Fashion Week, over the years, the event has gained great renown as one of the finest curated shows in the world.
This season included amongst the very exclusively handpicked menagerie of designers, Pakistani artist/jewellery maker Meher Daultana.
As a painter by training, Meher uses the vivid hues of natural gems as the palette for her fine jewellery range. Sometimes just one stone by itself, sometimes in clusters and cascades, gems play the parts of the main characters in each piece. Handcrafted in various techniques, the silver in which the stones are encased simply becomes the frame contrived to enhance the natural beauty of each gem. When rendered in combinations, their different colours merge to make unique statement pieces that exude classic glamour and luxury.
‘Jewellery to me is not a recent passion. I have grown up around beautiful jewellery and my main inspiration comes from my grandmothers, both women of fine taste and elegance.’
After graduating with a major in painting from the prestigious National College of Arts, Meher spent two years training as a jewellery-maker in England. On her return to Lahore, she joined the jewellery department at BNU where she taught for a few years while running a very successful novelty cake company, namely, ‘The Cake Boutique.’
‘I’m forever fascinated by how rich Pakistan is in terms of both craftsmanship and natural reserves of precious gems. It’s tragic how under-utilised our gem industry is considering the fact that you can literally find every stone there is in Pakistan. They mostly get smuggled out, adding nothing to the economy. All my stones are sourced from Pakistan and cut in Pakistan as well. I have a wonderful team in Lahore who are experts and masters in their field, that combined with my strong training here in the West, where finishing is key, results in work that appeals across cultures. Fine handwork is dying out all over the world, which is why my jewellery has been so well-received at Saatchi.’
As part of her latest collection, Meher has used recycled silver pieces (saved from melting pots in obscure karkhanas), a few pieces inspired by classics and designs that explore diverse cultural motifs, stone engravings and the ancient kundan/ polki practices.
‘I aim to establish a jewellery brand that merges art, colour, nature, classic glamour; all with a very subtle desi twist. Pieces that are fun to wear but timeless.’
With a successful show at Scoop under her belt and interest from major boutiques around Europe, Meher plans to exhibit in Dubai and at the Premiere Classe in Paris this year. Also, due to popular demand, there will be a small exhibition in Lahore sometime in April.
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