‘Taal’ means ‘rhythm’ in ancient Sanskrit, and so was chosen for the name of this London-based accessory brand as it is “A visual representation of the cultural beat of India”. Taal Noir’s founder and creative director Shivani Pathak shares that she is “inspired by India’s rich design tradition, something I consider to be one of India’s greatest treasures. I love the multi-layered essence of Indian design — its craftsmanship, symbolism, and often times multi-cultural identity — a legacy of the country’s past as a cultural crossroads and centre of trade”.
The importance of a global outlook resonates deeply with Shivani as an Indian expatriate raised in the US, UK, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Taal Noir’s mission is to “Celebrate India in the world, and the world in India — through design-led accessories created for the culturally curious woman.”
The collections feature gorgeous artisanal hand enamelled gold plated creations. Check out their Archer’s Ring from the Mughal Sonata collection, a bestselling ring in peacock green featuring a pear cut Swarovski Genuine Topaz gemstone hand set in 18K gold plated brass. All made in Jaipur, Taal Noir’s designs are unique in their vibrant colours and movement. Shivani made her line’s debut at Paris Fashion Week last year with her Mughal Sonata collection, an homage to the Mughal era where Hindu, Islamic and Western design influences melded together in a dynamic concoction of creativity.
“The collection is rich with symbolism and references the noble peacock. In Mughal India this illustrious bird indicated power, protection and royalty and was associated with Goddess Lakshmi as a symbol of prosperity, beauty and luck”, hence the heavy use of vivid blues and greens and regal gold throughout.
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