Floral Fragments

“A magnificent flower slowly wilting and occasionally dropping a petal, its brilliance fading, its stalk bending ever lower.”
Comment on the Mughal Empire. Stuart Cary Welch. India: Art & Culture 1300-1900. 1985.

FLORAL FRAGMENTS celebrates the disintegrating beauty found within the fading monuments of India. It is inspired by the ancient floral paintings that adorn the walls of the Rani Mahal in Bundi, Rajasthan. Once a palace built for the wives and mistresses of the original rulers, it is now an abandoned fort overgrown and overrun with wild monkeys.

Echoing the allure Natalie sees in the decaying murals and broken patterns of the fort, the collection is built around a fragmented mandala symbol which represents strength, completeness and femininity for the wearer. Depicted in delicate gold filigree and embellished with diamonds it hints at the palace’s forgotten grandeur and imagines the jewellery treasures of the women who once lived there.