Label Srushti Collections from Hyderabad turns flowers into minimalist accessories
Fresh flowers are always a delight, especially when you receive them from someone special or for an important moment. However, the joy is short lived as eventually they will get droopy and need to be trashed. In a bid to change that, city-based Navyasri Mandava has created a customised line of accessories — Srushti Collections — where she preserves the flowers which the wearers can associate with any significant memory, and turn them into pendants, rings, brooch and so on. Imagine a heart-shaped pendant on a thin silver chain with a carnation that looks fresh from your wedding bouquet, a romantic symbol of your important day.
“Once the flowers are preserved in the form of jewellery, they can last about thirty years, but the technique is difficult to master,” says the designer who shares that she learnt the technique after pursuing her teacher in Canada, Paulina Maria, to teach her via Skype sessions.
“Every flower has a different moisture level, so it took some trial and error to figure that out,” shares the 19-year-old. She also informs that she is working on a collection where the patrons can order made-to-measure flower jewellery to go with saris. The chosen petals are hardened by the liquids which then take the shape of the bits of flowers, giving a fresh dewdrop-like look. They are then often set silver, brass and bronze. “Maybe your beau once gifted you a rose and you want to preserve it. If you give it to me, I can turn it into a pendant,” offers Navyasri, adding that customisations are a big part of the label. At the moment, she receives most of her orders via Instagram, says Navyasri.
Rs 499 onwards.