Design stories | The beginning of the Chakra Design Collection

March 17, 2020

Design stories | The beginning of the Chakra Design Collection

TheRūta,Muţu,Saura and Sacral Tibetan rugs were our debut designs for the Chakra Design Collection. They embody the very start of our journey and are perfect reflections of the early stages of our design work. Collaboratively designed with Diana Jiang, who has long been a friend of CHACCRA, the concept for all four designs stems from the traditions of spiritual visuals in Nepalese practices, harnessing the aesthetics of the wheel, the sensual lotus flower and flame, communicated through vivid and expressive colour palettes. 

Diana says: “Each Chakra wheel has different shapes, colours and spiritual meanings, and I wanted to emphasise these elements in different ways, accentuating one particular aesthetic over another.

Colour plays a significant role in the visualisation of the Chakra wheels. Colour symbolises the teachings of each wheel and our designs use a collection of natural shades, representative of their enriching values; yellows for the Solar Plexus, reds for the Root, Greens for the Heart and Oranges for the Sacral.

“My Chakra designs combine Nepalese cultural elements and local handcraft with modern touches of design. When I first travelled to Nepal, I was struck by how vibrant it was, the colours, spiritualism and symbolism were hypnotic - it’s a wholly unique place. So when it came to visualising my interpretation of this experience, I wanted to stay true to the authenticity of Nepal’s multi-sensory aesthetic. I wanted to create a collection of vibrating shapes with intense colours that could transform the teachings and symbolism of each Chakra wheel into decorative pieces of art for interior spaces.”

Diana is a multi-industry designer who has spent time working in both graphic and industrial design. She grew up in a Chinese Argentinian household in Argentina, moving to China after a holiday introduced her to the brilliantly multicultural city of Shanghai. Diana’s background and passion for diversity and adventure naturally drew her to CHACCRA and once she learnt of our mission to merge design with Nepalese culture and craft, she joined the team to pursue her first collection for us. This marked the start of the Chakra Design Collection. 

“I wanted to help to build awareness of Nepalese handcraft through modern design and I wanted to join Sharon in preserving Nepalese culture by supporting local craftspeople and their traditions.” 

Diana’s designs for the Chakra Design Collection look to promote a new-age aesthetic for the ancient practice by merging contemporary design thinking, Newtonian colour palettes and age-old Nepalese crafting traditions. 

See the  Chakra Design Collection.

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