Couture jeweller Roopa Vohra brings her creations to hometown Chandigarh, finally
For a Tuesday afternoon, there was an unusual commotion at the lobby of the Taj, Chandigarh. It was the opening of couture jeweller Roopa Vohra’s exhibition, her first in the city. For someone who grew up in Chandigarh, Vohra’s taken her own time in bringing these collections here. “I wasn’t really sure if there was a market for my jewellery here but my friends insisted that I should have a show here,” remarked Vohra, who has made fleeting visits to the city in the past. “It was at a school reunion when my friends coaxed me to host a show for the city,” she said. The couture jeweller is showing a potpourri of her work — thewa, naqaashi, kundan, bikaneri — for the show.
Understated elegance has always been the hallmark of her style. Starting with her thewa line based on the Mughal art form in 1997 she followed it up by reviving other traditional forms. Today, she retails out of her studio in Mumbai and her patrons include the Princess of Saudi Arabia to Bollywood actors. More recently, Madhuri Dixit was spotted wearing her jewellery on Sony’s Jhalak Dikhla Ja, while promos of Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House show the vivacious Anushka Sharma sporting Vohra’s jewellery.
The exhibition that got over on Wednesday, offered earrings, cuffs, rings, neckpieces to complete sets priced at Rs 50,000 upwards. In the Naqaashi collection, Vohra interpreted the almost forgotten art form where she etches gold relief work on glass. After years of designing jewlery inspired from Mughal art, Vohra tried to seek inspiration from the city. “Mostly, gold is seen in Punjabi jewellery, which can be restrictive at times. I am currently researching on a collection with a strong Punjab element,” she said. Phulkari motifs, she chirps, are also on her mind.