Stepwells of India

Similar to the Jali collection, the inspiration of the Baoli collection is rooted in Indian architecture.

In the Jali collection we aim for a reflection of the intricate geometrical patterns and the materialization of compressed air, circulating and spiraling through these small holes. The Baoli collection is inspired by another traditional architectural element, the stepwells of India, and the concept of running, trickling water.

The first engineered stepwells, built in about 600CE in Gujarat. Stepwells, or Baoli served other purposes than the provision of water alone. Descending down the Baoli for devotion, ritual purification and prayer, the daily use of water in their ceremonies and rituals. Many stepwells were built near temples and mosques, and often commissioned by a princess orother highplaced female dignitary.

Descending down a Baoli is an almost spiritual sensation… Sweltering heat turns to an enveloping cool, and the noise above ground becomes hushed. Views telescope into indefinite space, constantly shifting and one can tell neither the depth nor the length of the structure. Like an optical illusion.

The stepwells we visited over the years always have that same effect, evoking a moment of reflection when walking down.

Design inspiration Baoli collection:
The clean lines and the idea of experiencing an optical illusion descending down a Baoli also reminded us of the Dutch master graphic artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972), who is known for his intricate mathematically inspired artworks and their almost hypnotising appeal.

Unlike other, -traditional- places of rituals such as temples or churches, where one would rather ‘look up’ to a higher’power. To us the Baoli is a metaphor for ‘descending down in one self’. Turn within for a moment of spiritual reflection.

In that sense the Baoli collection is the sublimation of present day spirituality in jewellery.