By June Unland
and Jane Doh
The atmosphere at the Tamarind Village on the evening of
August 6th, was once again buzzing, this time over a
fine collection of jewelry from up and coming Thai designers. Entering into
the softly lit courtyard of the Tamarind Village, my eyes are immediately
drawn to the Lanna lanterns floating in the pool. Ahead in the central
pavilion is a wondrous, shimmering display. The guests are all abuzz,
admiring the dazzling jewelry. The ladies, with their elegant dresses in
jeweled tones, reflect the mood of the evening.
Pakin Ployphicha of Oasis Spa and Anchalee Kalmapijit of Elephant Life
Experience view some of the unique and beautiful jewelry on show at the
The showcase featured unique contemporary designs
inspired by nature, organic forms, and textiles. Respected designers;
Saprang, Caso, Flow, Mono, Fontips and Aztique, have been brought together
for the first time in Chiang Mai through this exhibition, with up and coming
designers Pilantha and Neeranuj Wongwasin, whose unique works are truly
I had the pleasure of speaking with the fresh-faced
Neeranuj Wongwasin, 24, an up and coming designer. She started out with a
Fashion Design degree and spent 3 months as an intern at Elle Magazine.
Along the way, she began to realize that the unique jewelry—evocative of
northern Thai tribal dress— she was creating for herself was drawing some
serious attention, initially from friends and then stylists and designers.
And just like that, she had discovered an exclusive niche for herself!
Her collection within this exhibition has been designed
and created exclusively for Tamarind Village and are one of a kind unique
pieces. Neeranuj’s jewelry designs are statement pieces, which are sure to
also be conversational pieces for they are striking and unique. Surprising
too, is that Neeranuj’s designs, and the designs in the exhibition, are
available for sale at extremely reasonable prices.
The exhibition is open to the public on August 7th and
will run through November 30th, 2010.