Baaya Design, one of Mumbai’s most reputed design groups believes in adding an artistic touch to every season and festival. In order to welcome the beautiful season of Spring and celebrate the fervour of Vasant Panchami, the design company had hosted an event called “Vasantotsav” from 31st January to 14th February 2020.
This event featured the sale of a wide range of products that included décor accessories, lifestyle products, artefacts planters, artworks, clothing, floral quilts, gift hampers, candles as well as artisan-made paintings of Goddess Saraswati in the Kalighat style. All of these items were presented in the theme colours of yellows, oranges, pinks, greens, blues and whites. It rendered a platform of participation to about 7 external brands. The festival also included a curated assortment of sweets associated with spring. It levelled up the excitement for the visitors with exciting gifts, hampers, art and much more. In order to take a step towards a greener tomorrow, free plant saplings were gifted to “early birds”.
To make this celebration even more enriching, Baaya Design conducted a one-day Copper Enamel Jewellery Making Workshop, which introduced art enthusiasts to a historic and rare technique of ornamentation. It was held under the able guidance of master artisan Sanjay Ji and his team.
Enamelling has had a long and vibrant history in this country. Originally known as “Meenakari”, the technique was used for ornamentation in gold and silver. Enamelling on copper has a more recent past. It was once widely practiced in Maharashtra in the 50’s and bore very unique features. Since then, it has become endangered with very few takers. However, artists like Sanjay Ji have been blowing new life to this age-old technique with their excellent and sincere contribution to this artform.
The participants were helped throughout the process, from helping them create a design, to stringing the necklaces. All of this to ensure that each participant could go home with a one-of-a-kind pendant that they could be truly proud of. Armed with new knowledge and skills, each participant also took home a certificate from Baaya Design. An attendee had even specially flown in for the workshop.
Speaking on the event, Ms. Shibani Jain, Founder and CEO Baaya Design said “At Baaya Design, we always try to appreciate various forms of creativity by embodying it in our works. We are the recipients of a rich heritage of numerous art and craft forms, each of which is worth cherishing. Vasant Panchami is the Indian equivalent of “Valentine’s Day” and it also marks the beginning of the Spring season. So, we thought what could have been better than using the beauty of art to celebrate the beauty of this season of colours and love. That’s when we came up with the idea of Vasantotsav.”