Say hello to Abenla – A beautiful talented woman from Nagaland, who makes the most exotic handmade jewelry.
Her collections are out of this world and so unique that there is always a long waiting list of people wanting to get a piece of her art. Oh by the way, she has had no formal training in jewellery making – all self taught. She currently lives in Mumbai with her husband. You can buy her collections on the R&L SHOP
In addition to running her jewellery business, she also works with an NGO in the development sector (Fida International), serves as a part of an eldership team with her husband at a local church in Mumbai, and above all manages a home – just being the wife on the other side.
Her collection is characterized by unique craftsmanship and are replete with a mix of tribal, cultural and boho chic. To find such a distinctive voice, there has to be a fascinating story – which we were hoping to find out when we reached out to the designer herself.
- How did you get started? Did you get any formal training in jewelry design?
Not really. I learnt most of the skills online. In fact this whole thing started when I was in college, when a friend of mine – Ran introduced me to jewellery making. I used to enjoy breaking things apart and making new stuff out of them (as a hobby) – so jewellery making really stuck 🙂
- So what are your main sources of inspiration?
I think everybody wants to stand out and be different; most of us believe we are unique and we’ve often been told we are. But the truth is – we are just as ‘unique as everybody else’. So this serves as an inspiration for me : to reach out to people who are like me/think like me through my jewellery.
I am also inspired by honesty – I admire people who are honest about who they are, and what they are doing. Humility and the desire to learn are also qualities I admire – hence I try to imbibe them in my day to day life and my work.
- So what kind of a woman comes to your mind while designing your jewellery?
Well, I try and make jewellery for women who aren’t too hell bent on trends. Hence the reason why most people find the pieces unique. I must admit however that it is bit of a challenge to manage both the artistic and the business side of it all.
“Done is Better than Perfect” is the quote I live by – which is difficult at times to follow, but it helps me move faster.
- Where can we find you and your work?
I do not have a store currently, but you can find my jewellery at 3 stores in Nagaland: Kapraa ( Kohima), Home & Style (Mokokchung) and The Connect Studio ( Dimapur).In addition, I try to host pop-up stores every now and then – mostly in Mumbai or Nagaland.