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Glass with class



Hemi Bawa with her glass jewellery display in New Delhi.

DAYS OF experimentation are on, and with special reference to fashion. With India emerging in the realm of designer jewellery with novel ideas, anything different is lapped up in the often repetitive world of fashion. Hence, when Hemi Bawa, a Delhi-based sculptor and painter, turned jewellery designer and unveiled her cast glass collection rimmed with gold and silver hues at New Delhi's The Park Hotel the other day, connoisseurs and even those with a fleeting interest gathered to have a look.

The artist's collection does not stand in isolation. She has also come up with cast glass torsos, largely in pastel hues, for those big necklaces to embellish. While she presents the torso as a piece of art, her jewellery is her novel statement in design, arguably executed for the first time in Delhi.

Her jewellery gives the impression of stones and gems in harmony, supported against coloured beads and pearls. Touch it and you find it is all glass. "I have been experimenting on it for quite a long time. This glass is subjected to the furnace, blown, moulded and glazed. I have experimented with as many hues as possible for the jewellery so that it could go with both traditional and Western outfits," says Bawa, who has to her credit sculptures in ceramics and glass as well as garden sculptures in monumental sizes called Form and Spirit.

This is Bawa's first experiment with her favourite medium, cast glass, in jewellery. "If you know the medium, you can create anything out of it," she asserts.

Charting new waters with her is The Park, which is projecting itself as an art-sensitive hotel. Its Chennai property already has Bawa's 18-foot sculpture.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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