Introducing the “O My God and Godess” silk scarf collection from FARA
FARA and Van Andel & Peace Collaboration
“Rachel came to visit us one day for a design for her engagement ring, and immediately it clicked between us. Later her man came and bought the beautiful ruby lite seaflower design and so started a relationship both personal and professional.”
“Since then we have visited the gallery in Assagao and the stall at the Saturday Night Market a few times and treat ourselves with a piece here and there. We both own Malas made by Cheshire Cat Gallery.” -Rachel
The Luxury of Van Andel & Peace @ Cheshire Cat Gallery
I live only a short drive from Cheshire Cat Gallery and have known of it even before I moved to Goa. It’s very famous and everyone who comes here on vacation comes to the gallery to buy their jewelry. The Gallery carries their own designs and also some other things like hand-woven clothing, silk shawls, candles, jewelry from other designers, and more.
Kees van Andel and Karen Peace met in the 80’s in Amsterdam, but now live in Goa after traveling India all through the 90’s on spiritual and trekking journey, and falling in love with it. They discovered the wealth of precious stones to be found in dusky bazaars and exciting jewelry alleys in Jaipur. They met gemstones dealers who they still buy their exclusive gems from today. The move to Goa from Jaipur was easy for them as they craved the freedom and nature of the Goa paradise.
“We never looked back. Now we’re employing a team of local women whom we have trained in both sales and design processes, and Kees now works with the same 4 goldsmiths in his atelier who have been with us for last 6 years. All these people have become family to us; now part of the family that we call Cheshire Cat Gallery, evolved into a household name in Goa.” -Karen
They use 22 ct. gold, sterling silver, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires selected carefully looking at the clarity and and color. As you can see, their designs are detailed and have amazing jewels in them. Kees does the design work with a goldsmith- he studied design at Rotterdam’s College of Fine Arts. Karen works the sales end and runs the gallery- she went to school for marketing and fashion in Amsterdam. Their designs are a mixture of ethnic Indian and classic Victorian.
Kees and Karen are going to be at the International Jewelry Show at Olympia in London in September and are working on a new collection. So, if you’re lucky enough to live in London, you can check them out! If you’re in Goa you can actually work together with them to make a personalized piece like Rachel’s boyfriend did.
Cheshire Cat Gallery is in a cute old Portuguese house in Assagao, just down the road from Villa Blanche, off Anjuna-Mapusa Main road where you can shop in person. You can shop via their website (map with directions and phone numbers there), check out the Van Andel & Peace FB page, and the Cheshire Cat Gallery FB page.
**Enter to win the Saraswati scarf & Mala necklace!**
The pink tourmaline is the stone for unconditional love and the pearls are for purity.
Like usual, I am doing this giveaway through rafflecopter. Just follow the instructions below and do know that I go and check that you actually “like” or do the activity listed. If you already “like” these girls, then just hit enter and you’re golden.
The giveaway will listed for 7 days, shipping is international, giveaway is open to everyone, the value of the scarf is $135 and the necklace is.
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Those scarves are gorgeous!
I won’t enter this one so someone else has a chance, but I wanted to comment and say that my scarf is so beautiful and such high quality! I love it.
Also, I want that BOLO dress. This is one time I’m cursing myself for being a poor writer.
Beautiful stuff. If I ever make it to Goa I will definitely check them both out.
Those gods and goddesses scarves are amazing! Will just have to buy one if I don’t win :)
These are gorgeous items and I like the spiritual connection. As a writer, Saraswati is my Goddess :) And as a yogi, I am well aware of the magic number 108. Great giveaway!
Gorgeous scarf and mala! Even if I’m not lucky enough to win it – I’m sure it will go to a good home!
I never win anything, but couldn’t resist this!
The scarves are so beautiful, and I love how the pattern falls when you wrap one around your neck!
It’s all about the colours for me. Those colours are so delicate and yet still vivid. Ah, love it.
These scarves are gorgeous, but I have to say I love all of the clothing. I seriously want to buy each and every piece you’ve shown here. Such cool stuff!
Fingers crossed for this beautiful accessories..thank u hippie in heels!..
These pieces are so incredibly beautiful it’s just mind blowing!
I’m so happy I found out about this giveaway because I am now a huge fan of the line!
Beautiful scarves, I totally fall in love with them!
I am so lovin all of your designer post’s over the last year! It was because of you, I even noticed Netti’s Naturals one night on the back of a bike lol (and thank goodness, cuz my allergies were killin me and I needed Bragg’s Apple Cider so bad!) and then 2 days ago, driving from some random who knows where beach, I saw the TIA store! Absolutely beautifully displayed in the article and I loved each of their personal stories! I am most definitely planning a custom engagement ring and this is the place to do it!
It’s so beautiful, I love it! :)
Love this giveaway! I’m a huge fan of scarves and pearls…and, when they come from Goa designers that’s a definite plus. I only had a couple days in Goa last fall and hope to be back again soon!
Those colors are absolutely dreamy!
Wow, Goa has a lot of amazing fashion designers! Love the colorful scarves!
I would love to win these beautiful things I adore Cheshire cat and fara and an always drooling over their items at villa blanche!
Beautiful stuff! I want all of these scarves!
I love Fara’s new scarf collection their designs are so beautiful, and the jewellery, wow next trip to India will defiantly have to include a trip to GOA.
Omg ! that scarf is GORGEOUS
totally digging it
It’s beautiful! I love the colors in it and the design, too.
i think it is very calming and creative to look at .
The scarves are amazing, especially the Cheshire Cat. I am definitely going to look them up when I go to Goa next month!!
Those scarves are so beautiful! I also really want one of those rings, they are gorgeous.
Love Love Love! Fara is endlessly talented! To think all of their designs are hand drawn… amazing! …Waiting for a Van Andel and Peace engagement ring please!
Beautiful scarf & necklace :)
Perfect for goa lovin’ hippies! Who can then carry a piece of goa where ever they wander…
Literally in love with theses gorgeous scarves!! Fingers crossed.
Hello! The scarves are absolutely gorgeous, and very quirky, I love them! And the jewelry is gorgeous, the personalized engagement ring is beautiful! Fingers crossed!!