Sankeerthi’s Silver Jewelry
I met Sankeerthi at Chitra Kala Parishath in Bangalore a long time ago. She was busy with her jewelry stall, and I was utterly fascinated to have stumbled upon “Rabbit Out Of The Hat”. We then decided to meet again, a week later at her beautiful home which doubles as her workshop as well. So I could witness her gigantic trunk and the process of assembling silver jewelry. The pictures in this post are from that time.
How did you narrow down the name, Rabbit out Of the Hat?
Online stores in India that sell jewelry are mostly sourced from within the country. Since I was sourcing characteristic jewelry from around the world, I gathered that the propensity of the name of my brand should be able to explain this. One might find an ancient find from Rajasthan, followed by a copper/brass piece from Africa and maybe a traditional Moroccan gear can emerge from my jewelry box. It’s a box full of surprises and this for me is whimsical. Exactly how I feel on my sourcing trips. Hence the name “Rabbit out Of the Hat”.
When did you first realize that silver jewelry was going to be your thing?
I have been a hoarder of jewelry, especially knick-knacks since I was young. My sister who loved collecting the antique/ vintage pieces from various parts of the world got me into this. The central character of her travelogues was jewelry and this nudged me in that direction.
Which are your favorite countries to source jewelry from?
Sri Lanka, South Indian states, Africa and Central Asia.
Since you source your jewelry from around the world, how do you identify the key pieces?
Workmanship, attention to details and the design element calls out to me. Then I look into minor nitty-gritty like age, material and a unique quality pertaining to individual pieces. Not that I always pick an entirely dated piece. I also pick contemporaries that appeal to my aesthetic sense.
Do you also travel a lot to source the jewelry?
Sourcing jewelry is always a part of any my travels.
Which was your latest trip and what is your favorite memory from there?
Bangladesh was my most recent one. I love ancient world. I was lost within the ruins of the beautiful old towns. The ghost town of the 19th century “Panam City” is my favorite memory.
How does one get in touch with you to buy?
I sell all my beautiful vintage jewellery on Facebook –www.facebook.com/RabbitOutOfThe. Apart from that I do take part in a few events in major cities or one could always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have two lovely dogs; can you introduce them to us?
I can talk nonstop about my little munchkins and all their frolics. Cleo is a beagle who loves a good tummy rub. One look into her kohl-rimmed soulful eyes, you are sure to melt.
Brandy is the little one. He has many names thanks to his antics. This dachshund is the temperamental boss of the house.
The jewelry and Sankeerthi herself are absolutely lovely, but her adorable dogs are what I would pick out of the three of them.