Any talk of jewellery leads to conversations about precious metals and gemstones. But one Delhi girl thought differently. Aanchal Sukhija, a 23-year-old blogger and designer, has created earrings and statement necklaces out of all things recyclable.
“Materials used in our jewellery pieces are washer pipes, plumbing pipes, mop heads and A/C filter foam. It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them, but I wanted to rise above the daily grind and see the beauty that surrounds things. Here I am, with my huge black foams, scrub pads, dusting mops, and tacked to them are chains, earrings, necklaces,” she says. Her inspiration comes from an urge to be eco-conscious.
“It’s not easy living green without going completely off the grid, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what we can. Jewellery is the most transformative thing you can wear and the thought led me to create this label, Mission Pluto,” she adds.
Collaborating with designer Vaishali S, Aanchal showed her jewellery at the recently concluded New York Fashion Week. Speaking of the experience, she says, “Praise and success can breed complacency and mediocrity; rejection breeds determination. Finding beauty in the mundane and making it magnificent is my aim. I want people to accept the fact that that’s where the beauty lies — you just need an eye. Lotus bhi toh keechad mein ugta hain! I want to make an impact and get this point across to a mass audience. I have definitely taken a chance. It can backfire. To make a change, you need to attract people’s attention and that’s where NYFW came into play. We should not be scared of causing offence; we should be scared of not being heard.”