Nani Haveli is textile jewelry project started by Aditi Chokhshi, based in Rural India.This initial collection of earrings and jewelry boxes are designed and made by Aditi and her small team of artisans in rural India.
The pieces begin on a blank canvas of organza and are then embroidered by hand with a mix of cotton, silk and metal threads. The embroidered panels are affixed to brass with sterling silver posts and backs and accented lightly with pearls, sapphires and an old-world style crystal called a Polki.
The pieces are identifiably of India, utilizing the unmistakable embroidery traditions of the region while also feeling contemporary and approachable, combining Aditi’s old-world influences along with the airy imprint of her California home.
Each pair of earrings comes with with a jewelry box which is fashioned out of a clay, based on an architectural ornamentation style native to Aditi’s family’s ancestral Kutch, Gujrat.
Aditi started Nani Haveli out of a dual love of creating original, storied Indian textiles and a commitment to being based in rural India where she spends time working on creating new models for emotional and mental health support in settings of extreme poverty.
She is self taught in textile design, a former management consultant, and a Harvard trained development economist. For Aditi, Hani Haveli is a project that combines her artistic interests and her work as and emotional health expert - providing an opportunity to be proximate to the communities she seeks to serve.