The best journeys take you home.
With this collection, we return to where it all began. It’s not just about honouring our legacy: it’s about revering, preserving and celebrating it.
Welcome to the Raniwala haveli in Rajasthan’s Beawar: Dating back to 1881, it was meticulously built by our visionary forefather, the aristocrat Seth Champalal Ji Raniwala. Bestowed with the title of Rai Bahadur by the Britishers for his relentless contributions to the town, he also enjoyed the reverence of those around him. A man of superior taste, he was deeply passionate about being surrounded by the finer things in life.
A walk down the checkered-floored corridors lined with gilded pillars and hand-painted walls is an immediate testament to Champalal Ji’s patronage of the arts. Every turn is home to a treasure trove of artifacts he lovingly collected from around the world. Every mosaic work door leads to a different chapter of the family’s history… the parlour that was once always buzzing with guests, the courtyard that has seen generations grow up, and the domed terraces where peacocks delighted us with surprise visits…
Every corner evokes memories of an era gone by; ringing with the hopes, dreams and laughter of the many generations who built their lives here. The Beawar haveli is more than an ancestral home. It’s a beacon that connects the Raniwala family’s present with its past — a celebration of what was, what is and what will be.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
The collection follows three sisters of style and substance, as they return to their ancestral home in Rajasthan’s Beawar town. Women of the world, it is now time for them to reconnect with their heritage. But simply an ode to a bygone era is not what they set out to accomplish — the intention is to embrace their roots while polishing it with modern flourish befitting of their global outlook.
The collection finds not just metaphorical, but also literal inspiration in the Beawar haveli. The design language comes from the palatial structure. Its history and splendour are resonated in every piece. The sprawling estate was influenced by Rajput and Mughal architecture, a juxtaposition we’ve extended to the collection as well. We were inspired by the ornamentation and detailing in the mehrabs and gumads, the lattice work in every corner, the iconic baradari, and the artefacts of Champalal Ji. The motifs follow the contours of the intricate wall carvings, while the colours borrow from the multi-hued inlay work on the marble flooring and interiors. Furthermore, a deep dive into the Raniwala 1881’s family archives (and albums) helped us bring to life the individualistic sensibilities of the formidable females from the founders’ family. The result is a collection of modern classics for the bride of 2021.
“’The soul of Raniwala 1881 lies in preserving and celebrating the culture of Rajasthan — this is our legacy that has remained unchanged since 1881. As we grow, it is very easy for values to be replaced by misplaced ambition. But I am proud to say that this legacy and authentic identity has survived in our brand philosophy.” — Abhishek Raniwala, Raniwala 1881
At the heart of every endeavour by Raniwala 1881 is a keen drive to celebrate our legacy i.e. the culture of Rajasthan. As a design house, we are deeply connected to our roots, and interpret traditional motifs in the form ethno-contemporary designs to appeal to millennial aesthetes.
Named after Late Rai Bahadur Champalal Ji’s wife, the range is aristocratic just like her. Mahadeviji was lauded for her opulent taste, with a fondness for gold zari silk saris, and magnificent jewels which she personally designed. She treated dressing up as an art form. We have recreated her grandeur with sizeable far polki (big-size diamond) sets with statement embellishments including sheesh pattis, tikka spruced with Zambian emeralds, bajubandhs, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.
Radha Rani Look
The next generation saw Radha Rani, Late GaneshiLal Ji’s wife, whose style was synonymous with timeless elegance. Her warm soul and charming demeanour were complemented by wispy chiffon saris and minimal jewellery. This line retains her signature old-world-charm with back-to-basic designs, inspired by the Raniwala haveli. You will findthe generous use of pearls in the flat-cut tikkas, bajubandhs, kadas, bangdas and hathphools.
Chandrakanta, Sushil Ji’s wife, was renowned for her forward-thinking outlook. She balanced her customs with modernity; just like this line of ethno-contemporary jewels that boast a young-yet-rooted sensibility. We have employed navratna gemstones and coloured stones to infuse a youthful spirit to the collection. You will find sheesh pattis, navratan kathi necklaces layered with pearl strings, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.