Kiran Fine Jewellery celebrated 09 years of adorning and embracing the essence of a woman with the launch of ‘Kam Sukhan’: a book and photographic exhibition celebrating the extraordinary talents of nine women photographers

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[Karachi: 10 March 2013] This year, leading jewellery designer Kiran Aman commemorates nine years of her brand Kiran Fine Jewellery [KFJ]. To celebrate this, she revealed a photographic exhibition and launched the book ‘Kam Sukhan’ at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture on the 09th of March 2013

With the ‘Kam Sukhan’ book launch and exhibition, Kiran Fine Jewellery celebrates nine years of adorning and embracing the essence of women in Pakistan through the extraordinary talents of nine photographers: Adeela Badshah, Farah Mahbub, Insiya Syed, Khaula Jamil, Lali Khalid, Mahwish Rizvi, Nazia Akram, Shalalae Jamil and Quratulain Khalid – almost all of whom were present at the launch event.

Defined by varied backgrounds and life experiences, through their work these nine photographic artists encapsulate all that KFJ seeks to celebrate; the delicacy that spins the fabric of a woman’s strength; her warmth, tenderness, pride and passion.

The launch was opened with an introduction to the evening by Tuba Arshad, Creative Manager at Markings where she invited on stage photographer and project head at KFJ, Adeela Badshah who spoke about the nine women photographers and their experience and efforts on working on ‘Kam Sukhan’. This was followed by an address from the guest of honour for the evening, award winning model and actress, the multi-faceted Aamina Sheikh, who spoke about the beauty of womanhood, a woman’s journey and how ‘Kam Sukhan’ encapsulates and celebrates this.

Also in attendance at the launch were fashion designers Feeha Jamshed, Nida Azwer, Misha Lakhani, Maheen Khan, Maheen Karim, Adnan Pardesy and Sadaf Malaterre; stylist Rukaiya Adamjee; photographers Amean J, Arif Mahmood, Fayyaz Ahmed, Kohi Marri and Tapu Javeri; TV personality Mahira Hafeez Khan and Saima Mohsin; Brands and External Communications Manager Unilever Pakistan Fareshteh Aslam; poet Faraz Maqsood Hamidi and key media personalities. Public Relations for the event was handled by Lotus.

On the launch of ‘Kam Sukhan’, publisher and jewellery designer Kiran Aman has said, “A woman’s soul carries her deepest glories. From her inhibitions, struggles, and fears, you’ll learn of patience, forbearance and resolve and in time you will find that her spirit, ever-undaunted, is a pearl made of steel. Indeed these nine years have been a celebration of women for me and my brand, and Kam Sukhan captures this essence of a woman and brings it forward tangibly through a book and photographic exhibition.”

Indeed Kiran Fine Jewellery encapsulates the woman of substance, who wears jewellery not simply to adorn but to reflect the essence within. At KFJ each piece of jewellery is crafted with the finest materials with a deliberate focus on gold, as the designer believes its strength, warmth and malleability is a veritable representation of the women for whom she designs. Manifestations of this are found in the 2007 ‘Revived’ collection and the 2008 book ‘Revived The Journey Within’ by Kiran Fine Jewellery whose conceptual philosophy explored the four emotional states of a woman’s journey depicted through jewellery, featuring fourteen women from the fashion and design industry.
Excerpts from within ‘Kam Sukhan’ from the nine photographic artists on the essence of the KFJ Woman and their works inspiration, as captured through their lens:

 

  • Adeela Badshah: A woman is many different things; sensual, compassionate, adaptable and above all, emotionally strong.
  • Farah Mahbub: Here is a collection of a few words out of the many amassed over the years; mostly during the sublime encounters with my spiritual teacher. The power of the word lies not in understanding it’s meaning, but in the resonance of its inspiration deep within as one waits with patience and longing.
  • Insiya Syed: A picture is worth a thousand words. And sometimes for every thousand stories there is a single word. One of those words is ‘mother’.
  • Khaula Jamil: Every woman in my pictures has a story of love, dedication, inspiration and resilience.
  • Lali Khalid: The wondrous aspects of a woman’s essence are what she carries forward through all that the world brings her.
  • Mahwish Rizvi: This fantastical series is inspired by the philosophy of existentialism, focusing primarily on Jean-Paul Sartre’s theories.
  • Nazia Akram: Despite living within perimeters prescribed by others, she manages to adapt and embody the environment she is part of. She is a little girl, cocooned in the safety of her home, seemingly just a part of the scenery yet in actuality, she is the force holding the entire family together. She blazes in the sky, bright and giving a part of the whole, yet so essential.
  • Shalalae Jamil: A rumination on how the female body or face projects itself towards the camera, each image creates its own (potential) narrative.
  • Quratulain Khalid: In trying to capture the essence of the Pakistani woman, my body of work is based on a series of self-portraits.

 

In addition to ‘Kam Sukhan’, Kiran Aman will also be introducing ‘NINE’ in 2013 – a book archiving and documenting 9 years of collections and custom-designed pieces as crafted by Kiran Fine Jewellery.

About Kiran Fine Jewellery:
Kiran Fine Jewellery epitomizes the woman of substance, who wears jewellery not simply to adorn but to reflect the essence within. Founded in 2003 by the multi-faceted Kiran Aman, each piece of jewellery is crafted with the finest materials with a deliberate focus on gold, as the designer believes its strength, warmth and malleability is a veritable representation of the women for whom she designs. Indeed Kiran maintains that her collections are often an extension of herself and to this end are always aesthetically conceptual and realised through trends and symbols that define her contemporary ethos. Manifestations of this are found in the 2007 ‘Revived’ collection and the 2008 book ‘Revived The Journey Within’ by Kiran Fine Jewellery whose conceptual philosophy explored the four emotional states of a woman’s journey depicted through jewellery, featuring fourteen women from the fashion and design industry. In 2008, Kiran Fine Jewellery revealed the ‘Markings’ collection, a one off symbolic piece which signified the marks one leaves along the path of life. In 2010, Kiran launched her collection, ‘Time Scripts Man. Man Scripts Time’, blended the old with the new to present designs that provoke nostalgia while treading a modern edge and in 2011, she launched her exclusive collection entitled ‘Meet Your Void’, based on the idea of the suspension of irregular shaped stones held by uneven textured gold but in the harmony of balanced designs.
In December 2011, Kiran showcased her boutique jewellery collection ‘Sceptres of Beauty’ at the PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week in Lahore to much acclaim showcasing jewellery pieces such as necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings and teekas (head and forehead adornments) handmade with cutwork and carving using metals such as gold and silver and stones such as lapis, coral and malachite together with red and green sapphires. In April 2012, Kiran introduced two new lines, So KFJ and Kino. Kiran exclusively previewed So KFJ’s first collection ‘Barzakh’ at the Ponds Gold Radiance Gold carpet at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2012 and Kino’s debut collection ‘Shavings’ alongside fashion designer Maheen Karim’s collection at Showcase 2012.
Kiran has received accolades for her work in jewellery design, which includes the Nesvita Women of Strength award for Best Jewellery Designer along with the Woman of the Nation Award presented by Alkaram. Her coveted jewellery collection ‘Revived’ at the 2007 Citigold Lux Style Awards was worn by the likes of actresses Reema, Bushra Ansari and Maria Wasti. Her jewellery has further been worn by the iconic models, stylists, celebrities and Pakistani icons at a variety of shows and events in Pakistan and internationally, including Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy who wore jewellery by KFJ to the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony in 2012, by international stylist Zahra Ayub who wore Alexander McQueen with jewellery by KFJ at her wedding. Kiran Aman has also custom-designed jewellery for leading actress and model Meesha Shafi in the form of calligraphic earrings titled ‘Bol’ based on Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poetry by the same name, which has been used in the OST for The Reluctant Fundamentalist in which Meesha is making her Hollywood debut. The 22 karat custom made earrings by Kiran Fine Jewellery feature the poems powerful first lines, ‘Bol, ke lab azaad hain teray,’ starting from one earring and continuing on to the other.

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