What Makes You So Special?
A few days ago, I decided to update my Resume. Yes, being an
Entrepreneur Designer and Yoga teacher, for some reason I still felt the need
to keep a Resume ready. I made myself comfortable on my meditation cushion in
my yoga space, the laptop screen open in front of me, and I began adding points
on to the document.
10 minutes into this, my gaze drifted to the lush green view of the Banyan tree in front of me. The leaves looked new born, bright green and healthy, as the raindrops washed over it, the long chocolate brown roots looking rejuvenated.
Being a creative person at heart, I always welcome a magical moment that might inspire me or leave me in a state of wonder.In that moment, I suddenly felt like I was experiencing the latter. I began to ponder, why was it that I felt this need to list down my professional achievements good and proper? As I looked out at the slender branches of the enormously dense tree, which were now dancing gently to the wind, a thought dawned on me.
It’s because looking at this piece of structured document, I felt special. Special because it listed out some of the outcomes of what I had really worked hard for. It validated to me that I was adding value to society through teaching Yoga and creating designs by employing Indian Craftsmen. Nothing wrong with that. Just as your resume would to you, mine too gave me some solace. I had managed to achieve a small part of many more aspirations to come. That led to another question - did my Resume truly define who I am? Did it really define the being that I am in this moment?
Nature with its magnetic allure, I looked out to suddenly see the most beautiful parrot sitting precariously on a branch. This mischievous bird with its deep red beak and resplendent green feathers, looked as if it had perched itself right there to respond to my musings. Without any resume to it’s name, let alone even a name or identity, this bird looked pretty special as it was, just sitting there, looking blissful as ever, enjoying the now light drizzle.
What makes you so special? What makes each one of us so special? Sometimes, the answer need not be profound. It can be as simple as this queenly looking parrot – just hanging out on the branch and being. The fact that you exist; that there is no one is this world exactly like you, is what makes you so very special. Just by being, being the person you are, which does not mean your name, what you do, where you live and how much you earn, but simply that you are here in this world, is what makes you special like no other, literally.
Feeling amused at how nature was responding to my contemplations as if reading my mind, I gazed outside to notice that the delightful looking parrot was now gone. Instead sat close to its spot, a rather large crow, cawing away. My mind was clearly flowing with thoughts and the Resume completion had taken a backseat. Would I call this crow special? I’m not sure. It wasn’t exactly beautiful like the Parrot. But, if I were to use the above logic, then yes, this crow could be described as extremely special. I began to draw a parallel. When we say special, we reserve this word for only a select few. Special in the dictionary is defined as better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.
Or otherwise different from what is usual – and since only one of you is living in a current population of 7.7 billion (Findings up till June 2019 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers.), I’d say that is phenomenally different from the usual.
By applying this concept to everyone around us, recognizing that each person is special in their own distinct way, irrespective of their shortcomings, can help compassion, respect, love and bliss well forth within and without.
Divine qualities exist in each one of us. Sometimes they get clouded with our own thoughts, beliefs and experiences, but they are still very much present. We can begin to embrace our own uniqueness and beauty, understanding that a great Resume is a great bonus, aspiring for improvement is a great aspiration, but you being here exactly as you are – that is something special nothing or no one can compare to.
Just as my thoughts began to clear, the crow, the special crow, flew away into the sky. I noticed a sliver of sunshine and the expansive blue sky behind the clouds began to emerge.
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Posted on Aug 15 2019
A SAFETY PIN BY RADHIKA VISSANJI RAMANTAHN
Radhika is an ex-art director from the world of advertising who decided to put her interest and passion for emerging fashion across asia into a blog.
A SAFETY PIN: This blog serves as a platform for the emerging fashion talent in Asia. It simultaneously serves as an online space for discovery, perspectives, exchanges and conversations on the rise of fashion talent across the world.
All Hail The Bag Queen : Tarini Nirula
The young entrepreneur and accessory designer Tarini Nirula's clutches are a rage in the fashion world. Renowned for her fun-themed, hand-crafted minaudieres, her passion for fashion started at a very young age and manifested into her profession. An interesting play of colors, textures, prints and embellishments sets the tone for each piece.
Tuned to doing things with a fresh mind and thought Tarini cleared up her schedule to make sure she would do this interview full justice. Her sincerity, passion and commitment is reflected in her work.
Gardenia Embroidered Minaudière
Radhika: What did you want to be as a child?
Tarini: I have been passionate about designing ever since I can remember. As a little girl, I loved fashion, dressing up and accessorizing. I would ask my mother to draw fashion figures for me, which I would then color in and accessorize. I think it’s safe to say that the inclination towards fashion and the creative arts started from a very young age.
Radhika: Do you have a fashion background?
Tarini: Topping in the subject of Art in my school (The Shri Ram School), I went on to apply to NIFT, which is the best fashion institute in India. After completing a four year intensive program and armed with a degree in fashion and lifestyle accessories, I started working on projects with design studios through which I gained experience in the industry and also experimented with various styles of design. After a year, I launched my own label of luxury fashion accessories and graphics.
Love spell Pink Minaudière
Radhika: What inspired you to create your own label?
Tarini: To put it simply, designing accessories is what comes naturally to me, and I love every bit of it. Though it was not an overnight decision. I experimented a lot with various styles of design, before finally realizing that this is my true calling.
I did a bit of styling, designed clothes, worked on a lot of graphics-digital and by hand, and of course, designed accessories throughout. I think the time that it really struck me was when I noticed that I had been in a fabric shop for 4 hours, but it felt like hardly any time had gone by! Looking at all those colors, patterns and textures always leaves me with a tingly feeling of excitement, of creating something completely fresh out of an idea.
Shortly after, when I designed my first collection of bags in 2011, all the pieces sold out within a week, and that’s when I decided that I was going to take my passion and make it my profession.
Radhika: Tell us how your label came into being and how did it evolve?
Tarini: I launched my design label in 2011 and there has been no looking back ever since. After the sell out of my debut collection, I collaborated with renowned fashion designer Jenjum Gadi for the Wills India Fashion Week, where in I designed coordinated accessories to match the outfits on the ramp. I have also been designing a range of accessories for textile designer Bina Rao for her label Creative Bee, using fabrics that are all natural hand loom pieces. Apart from the various features in leading fashion magazines that include Vogue and Marie Claire, my designs are now available on Pernia’s Pop up Shop, one of India’s leading fashion retail websites. I receive inquires from all over the world, and have supplied to buyers in Paris, Milan, Germany, Australia and the Middle East to name a few.
I feel blessed to have people from different parts of the world appreciate the designs I create, and hope to spread all the joy I can through these pieces of art.
Celtic Knot Minaudière
Radhika: What's the best part about your work?
Tarini: All my collections are born with things that inspire me – vibrant colors, art movements, shapes, moods, architecture, culture, people, fashion trends, music and so on. Travelling and sourcing for different fabrics and materials, and finally holding a piece that was once just a vision in my head, is one of my favorite feelings. And when a buyer tells me how wonderful their experience of carrying that piece was - that is an indescribable feeling!
Radhika: What's your personal favorite bag from your recent collection?
Tarini: One of my personal favorite bags from my recent collection is the digital printed Minaudière with beadwork on it, called ‘Fierce’. It’s inspired by the strong, confident and stylish woman of today.
Radhika: Do you have any other passions besides designing accessories?
Tarini: Besides designing, I also love travelling. I like to visit places I haven’t seen before, and meet new people. I also enjoy yoga, it’s therapeutic for me, and makes me feel fit enough to work long hours and stay agile. I love spending time with my family, which includes my pet dog Leo, who has even served as an inspiration for a few designs! I enjoy sports and being outdoors and I am an avid tennis follower. I also love seeing various styles of performing arts especially live performances by musicians.
Radhika: What are your aspirations as a designer?
Tarini: I have a strong vision for my design label. Being an entrepreneur is essentially all about planning right and taking calculated risks. I am always aspiring to create more unique designs, continue expanding my operations and reach out to every part of the world.
Radhika: Who is the woman you design for?
Tarini: My label is targeted towards women who are fashion conscious, have a keen eye for chic and classy designs, and at the same time have the desire to experiment and carry off their accessories with confidence and panache.
Radhika: What makes your design distinctive from other designers?
Tarini: Each piece of my collection of handcrafted Minaudière Clutches reflects my inspirations as well as my design philosophy. The art movements, the beauty of nature, optical illusion patterns, Mughal Architecture – Each collection has a story, an inspiration behind it, which may be directly or indirectly represented. Various techniques like applique work, artisans who create each piece by hand have explored embroidery and use of embellishments. Each Minaudière is like a piece of art, which is why all the ranges have a limited number of pieces, to add a touch of exclusivity along with an aesthetically strong design and functionality.
Radhika: How would you define your design aesthetic? What excites you about accessories right now?
Tarini: Tarini Nirula- my design label, is synonymous with exclusivity, style, and a passion for the creative arts. My love for a high contrast color palette highlights the various hand made embroideries and surface ornamentation, making each piece a work of art. What excites me about accessories is the continuing evolution in their forms and their ability to completely transform an outfit.
Radhika: If you had to design one thing which you haven't tried to, what would it be?
Tarini: An exclusive range of bags for men.
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To read the full interview on Radhika's Blog - A Safety Pin, please click on the link below-
Posted on Mar 07 2017
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.
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
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.
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