AARYAH: Precious and Rare
"My dream is to turn AARYAH into a global lifestyle brand."
Let's take a peak into the beautiful work of Megan Kothari, Indian jewelry designer behind the line, AARYAH. Born into a lineage of fine jewelers, Megan has taken what she grew up learning at home mixed with an education from FIT and launched her own jewelry line in December 2015. AARYAH, is a Sanskrit word meaning precious and rare and her pieces, all made in India by Indian artisans, reflect this.
Where are you from and has that played a part in your creative process?
I was born into an Indian family of jewelers dating back to the mid 1900’s, instilling early on a passion for jewelry and all things that sparkle. At a young age, my style evolved fusing my Indian roots with my western upbringing. I further developed my interest in fashion by pursuing an education at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and then went on to work at L’Oreal USA. After gaining invaluable experience, I decided it was time to pursue my passion in jewelry. :)
Are you self taught or did you study traditionally?
Being from a jewelry family, I’ve been around the fine jewelry industry for years. I have learnt what I know from working with my family.
"I want to be known for making Indian tribal jewelry wearable and relatable while promoting traditional artistry."
How long have you been creating your current line?
I started really researching last May and actually just launched in December. It took a while to launch my first collection as I was still trying to figure out what AARYAH meant as a brand and what the look of the collection was going to be.
Do you prefer to work quietly or with music? If music, what are you listening to?
When I really need to concentrate, I love working in silence but when I need to let my creative juices flow, I love a good spotify playlist to help keep me relaxed.
What does the future hold for you? Whats your next project? Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
I want to be known for making Indian tribal jewelry wearable and relatable while promoting traditional artistry. My dream is to turn AARYAH into a global lifestyle brand.
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