Reliance Jewels, brought Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur region’s rich heritage to life with the preview of their Akshaya Tritya Collection “THANJAVUR,” exclusively at Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI and in collaboration with renowned designer Monisha Jaising. The showcase featured Monisha Jaising’s signature styles of ‘Luxury pret’ and “Couture’, which were beautifully complemented by the opulence of intricately handcrafted fine jewellery.
Inspired by a tropical island wedding, Monisha’s showcase promises to take the audience on a journey through tropical sunsets, wedding wows, imagination, and reflection, where resort wear meets jewels and couture effortlessly. The collection featured a range of designs that seamlessly blend couture and jewellery, creating a perfect fusion of elegance and luxury.
The newest design was unveiled on the runway by Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu. Taapsee’s heritage neckpiece from the Thanjavur collection, which was inspired by the Golden Period of the Chola Empire in Thanjavur, giving her the regal appearance of a queen. Located in Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur is an important landmark for South Indian art, architecture, and temples. The city was the capital of Chola Empire back in the days and was ruled by various dynasties including the Pandyas, Vijaynagar empire, Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks as well as the British empire.
The city is home to a rich and vibrant culture and is famous for the Brihadeeshwara temple, Thanjavur paintings, Thanjavur dolls, and many more. The collection draws inspiration from the divine temples, the mesmerizing architecture, the magnificent Durbar hall, Poompuhar, and the exemplary art of Thanjavur, including woodwork, paintings, metal and brass artefacts, and much more. Every inspiration has been thoughtfully incorporated into an exquisite range of gold and diamond collections, where each jewellery piece is crafted to perfection with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship to bring alive the stories, heritage, and history of the region.
The brand has been a pioneer in crafting exquisite, contemporary, and timeless jewellery pieces that celebrate India’s rich culture and heritage. With this collection, they to push the boundaries of design and craftsmanship, bringing alive the stories and traditions of one of India’s most fascinating regions, Tamil Nadu.
Commenting on the association Mr. Sunil Nayak, CEO, Reliance Jewels, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with Monisha Jaising to preview our upcoming “THANJAVUR” collection at Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI 2023. Her vision and creativity and the beautiful line created perfectly complement the essence of the THANJAVUR collection, and we were thrilled to see the magic unfold on the runway. India is a country of diverse cultures, and every region has its own unique story to tell.
At Reliance Jewels, we have always been passionate about capturing these stories and bringing them to life through our jewellery collections. This year, we continued the journey to the land of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, a living embodiment of Indian craft and culture.
The THANJAVUR collection is the culmination of our journey to this beautiful region and the preview at LFW featured exquisite chokers, long necklaces in gold and diamond accompanied by a wide range of finger rings, bangles and other accessories that seamlessly blended with Monisha’s Pret and Couture wear on the runway. We are excited to launch this collection at Reliance jewels Showrooms across India for Akshaya Tritya this April.”
Actress Taapsee Pannu said: “It was an honour to walk for Reliance Jewels & Monisha Jaising. I feel like a queen in the fabulous couture wear by Monisha Jaising and the exquisite Jewellery by Reliance Jewels. Reliance Jewels’ newest collection, THANJAVUR, has my heart, as their jewellery line draws inspiration from breath-taking architecture of temples and its intricate carvings, the incandescent colours of darbar halls, and the effervescent charm of art & crafts from Thanjavur. This stunning heritage neckpiece I am wearing is inspired by the glorious Chola Empire’s Golden Age in Thanjavur.
The necklace is decorated with coins that represented the Chola Empire King’s conquest of several nations, and the names inscribed in the plates represented the titles he attained as a result of his numerous triumphs. Every piece in the collection is equally stunning & I’m sure everyone will love the incredibly fascinating collection as much as I do”.
The exquisite collection by Monisha is a tribute to creativity and the beauty of craft. Designed for women who wear Monisha Jaising’s garments with ease, feel bold and free, but most importantly, elegant. The silhouettes in the collection are designed to echo controlled opulence and feature embellished pant suits, crystal-embellished tops with décolletage necklines, and exquisite layered necklaces.
Sharing her thoughts on the collaboration, Monisha Jaising said,” “My collection is an amalgamation of costume artistry with the exquisite craftsmanship of Reliance Jewels. The signature MJ draped gowns teamed with embellished crop tops and accessorised with filigree neck chokers by Reliance Jewels instantly raise the glamour quotient!”