What if we told you that you could have your favourite Bangla letters around your neck, or on your ears, every day, to remind you of how lovely they look?
Not just as a personal style statement, giving a friend, family member or partner the letters of their name in our language would perhaps be one of the best gift ideas.
Known for their unique jewellery designs, 6 yards story has a 'Bornomala' collection where Bangla letters like 'Ka' and 'Kha' are available as drop earrings, and you can also customise earrings and pendants with names of your choice. You can also order silver plated pens with names or initials of your choice engraved on them.
The jewelleries are available in gold and silver colour and the price range is within Tk1,500.
On their social media account, 6 yards story mentioned that since they launched their name earrings and pendants, the response has been overwhelming. Those who did not even always wear earrings asked for the pendants.
The owner of the brand, Zerin Tasnim Khan, said that when they first started the collection with basic Bangla letters, the response was lukewarm.
Mostly, people wanted the jewelleries to be customised with their names. But that took them a little long to make and deliver. She was initially sceptical about the collection.
"Customers, as well as us, preferred nicknames on the ear pieces because they were short and cute. But the problem was when somebody had an odd number of letters in their names; which one would go on the left ear and which one would go on the right ear was a confusing thing. From that, the request for pendants evolved, because any number of letters can be fitted on a pendant," she said.
Name pendants or other forms of jewellery were always available in our country, especially as gifts to a new born baby.
But Zerin noticed that most of the names were usually in English. Moreover, gold is expensive and not everyone can afford it. So she decided to create her collection with Bangla letters at an affordable price range.
Customised jewelleries need more attention to detail and the finishing has to be smooth. So Zerin did not take any chance and consulted artists who helped her with the designs. Their first designs were 'Maa' and 'Kheyat'.
'Kheyat' is a term we commonly use to mean someone or something is uncultured or uncouth, like those who work in the 'Khet' (agricultural land).
But it is extremely derogatory and she wanted to change that, and so she brought out 'Kheyat' in her collection. To her surprise, it became really popular and many customers were seen proudly showing it off.
While her letter jewelleries look very cool and trendy, Zerin warned that like any kind of metal jewellery, they too should not be worn every day. "The letters may have small edges which may not be comfortable to wear every day. If somebody wants to wear them regularly, I have the option of making them in silver," she said.