A TEA BREAK WITH CRAFTSMAN CHAND - TN Accessory Special Feature

The process of creating an exclusive Tarini Nirula Accessory is a meticulous one. From inspiration and ideation to sourcing and execution, it’s a culmination of passion to create, promote Indian craft and spread happiness. Today, we’d like to talk about the beautiful embroidery that adorns each accessory and what goes behind the making of the designs.

We sat with one of our many star artisans, Karigar Chand, to talk about how he came to be part of this rich tradition of handwork and how his role pans out with Tarini Nirula Accessories.



Tell us something about your family and occupation

I have a family of 7 people, comprising 3 sisters, an older brother, mother, father and me. My father is into agriculture and it’s his source of income.

 At what age did you realize that hand embroideries is what you want to do?

I was 13 years old when I realized that making my name in hand embroideries is my ultimate goal.

Tell us about your journey, your story, and your inspiration

Everyday while going to school, I crossed a place on the road where artisans used to work on embroideries. Watching them create such beautiful embroidery made me curious to learn them. I was never much into studies. As soon as my studies of the day used to get over, I went to embroidery workshops to learn all the different styles. At the age of 14, due to shortage of money at home, I left school and started working in a factory as a Karigar for hand embroidery, even though my mother never wanted me to leave my studies at such an early age. I started working on a salary of Rs.200 a month. At the age of 15, I moved to Delhi.

What styles of handwork do you do?

Aari, Zardosi, Beadwork, Tille work, Dabka work, French knots and other embroideries depending upon requirement of the design.


 


What is your favorite style ?

I love to create Aari embroidery, and zardozi is a quick follow-up to that.

 

Since how many years have you been creating embroidery?

It’s been 11 years for me.

Do you think this is a profession that doesn’t have too many women in it?

There are plenty of women Karigars working in Gujarat and Lucknow. Sometimes, you may not see as many women as it is often a family decision.  

 After working for 11 years, how do you feel about working by hand?

I love this profession; I enjoy doing embroideries, playing with material. Till the time my eyes and hands work, I'll work. I do want to pass this art of embroidery to my future generations too and want to provide them with the best of education.


 



How do you feel working with Tarini Nirula and her team?

It’s great because she knows her embroideries and vision – I like seeing how her ideas are so different and modern and yet she uses handwork that has been passed down from generation to generation. Her success helps me build my livelihood and her personal encouragement with guidance from her and the team means a lot for me to continue working.

TN Accessories is deeply grateful to the Artisan community for their talent, hard work and hands through which magic flows! 

 

Posted on Jan 08 2017

    

BEHIND THE SCENES AT TN ACCESSORIES!

Behind thescenes at Tarini Nirula Accessories is a stimulating world of creativity – moodboards for inspiration, colors coming to life with beads, sequins,embroideries and fabrics, finer detailing along with intricate handwork by skilledartisans - that one brilliant spark of imagination is brought to life by TariniNirula and her dynamic team. Today, we’d like to take you behind the curtain,as it were, and introduce you to the artistry behind each and every accessory.



 


Founded in 2012,the brand has always put fine workmanship and innovative thinking at itsforefront, that ensures the patronage of clients and tastemakers from aroundthe world. Each piece is often inspired by nature, colour, mood, destination,or an art form, be it architecture, a movement or sculpture. For us,inspiration can be found everywhere.


Letting the design flow from the inspirations, the next step is the envisioning of how the handworkwill take centre stage. Coming from a land as rich and diverse as India,particularly with our evolving relationship with the arts, there’s so much toexplore and create. Weaving traditional designs into a contemporary context iswhat we love.



We believe inquality and dedication to the craft. Every bead is put together by hand,one-by-one by the artisan, to create a unique accessory. This could take up to10 hours! (The Tropical Bliss Butterfly took 10 hours to complete by hand, shown in the image) After this, the materials are assembled together, again by hand, tobring the complete accessory alive.




We do have a fewthings we like to keep in mind –keeping the accessories edgy yet feminine, oldschool but unconventionally so. Working with traditional techniques likeZardozi, Dori work and embroidery brings a lot of joy to us – being part of along dynasty and contributing to its upkeep is something that makes us proud. Weare very lucky to have the chance to work with capable artisans who caninterpret the vision and carry it forward.


Owner andcreative Director, Tarini Nirula personally overlooks the flow of each andevery design as it is being created by hand, which gives it an extra sparkle. Sheis determined to show the world the expertise and talent that Indian craftsmenhave to offer. The accessories are truly a labour of love and are designed foryou – the beautiful woman of the world.


 

 

 

Posted on Sep 05 2016