ASHKTUM exemplifies the great cultural significance of the Mughal Empire which lasted from the 16th to the mid-19th century. Headragon brings out the cultural elements of the jewellery by shedding light on the lesser known love story behind Taj Mahal, one of the World’s Seven Wonders, narrating the tale between the fifth generation emperor Shah Jahan and the empress Mutaz Mahal.
The Story of ASHKTUM
There are kinds of pain in the world that hurt you to your core, and there is the pain of ‘loneliness’ that sucks out life from everything including your own self and make you tend to be life-eccentric and longing to leave it. A lot of us do get lost, searching for a way out but finding none but more of them.
Although the Mughal Empire was situated in India, the collection incorporates strong traces of Chinese culture as the empire was established by the descendants of Genghis Khan and Timur.
With Islam being the royal religion, Islamic features dominated royal arts in the empire. Headragon employs jewellery carving as the main theme, a defining feature of the Islamic arts. These carvings are largely the combinations of geometric patterns or plants and flowers most popular amongst the royalty.
With meticulously handmade carvings, Headragon instills a unique concept: “every carving is representative of an experience shared by Shah Jahan and Mutaz Mahal, and they all accumulate to form a complete pattern.” “I love you” in Taj’s native language, “ASHKTUM” is hence used to name the Jewellery series.