Interview with Meenoo of Minou Bazaar

June 8th, 2011 § 1 comment

Have you checked out our Boutique Consortium page lately? It’s where we highlight all those wonderful boutiques and independent artisans we are proud to be working with. We love supporting small business owners and craftspeople and we thought we’d share some of our findings with you too. Today’s shop: Minou Bazaar, a lovely place for hand-made jewelry on Etsy.

We spoke with Meenoo and asked her a little bit about what drives her craft and how she finds her inspiration. And, of course, we also wanted to know what books are currently occupying her coffee table…

Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?

Because my jewelry has a specific focus on India and South Asia, that helps me narrow down the huge world of inspiration for me, so I can concentrate. I am inspired by color, pattern, history, books, stories, childhood, and travel. All of that inspiration translates to the magic of the bazaars in India and I want to bring that sense of magic to my customers and anyone who visits my shop.

What is your favorite piece in your collection right now and why?

This is a hard question! I love my Mughal and Goddess line, but lately I’ve been in love with the vintage Lucite jewels that I use in my Rani Pink Lace Earrings and Neelam Capri Blue Lace Earrings. I use these jewels in the Bollywood Siren Necklace also. I love the stained glass look of the jewels and its gorgeous saturated colors, which remind me of rows and rows of glass bangles that you see in Indian bazaars. It’s a great way to add a pop of color while wearing something vintage and glamorous. But I also have a soft spot for my elephant and peacock jewelry because, well, they’re elephants and peacocks!

Since we’re academics, we just have to ask: What are you currently reading?

When I am not at my day job or making jewelry, I am reading and I have always been a huge fan of the public library. I am reading The Crimson Rooms, by Katharine McMahon, Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, and To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick. I am also an Early Reviewer for LibraryThing so I get a lot of free books to review!

Thanks, Meenoo, for taking the time to tell us a bit more about yourself and your creations. You can find all of Meenoo’s gorgeous hand-made jewelry at Minou Bazaar and you can also follow her (for discounts and special promotions) on her Facebook page.

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{all images are courtesy of Minou Bazaar}

§ One Response to Interview with Meenoo of Minou Bazaar

  1. Shan says:

    Thank you, Chics! I am an undgrad preparing to write my senior thesis on Mughal India in the fall! I am totally going to have to order some earrings from the Mughal line to wear to the library for inspiration. So glad you featured such a unique designer!

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