Chequita Nahar, born in Surinam lives and works in Maastricht the Netherlands. She studied jewellery design at the Maastricht Institute of Arts and completed her study with a Master at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam (Rietveld Academy). She worked as one of the designers for L’Arcano, a silver brand based in Rome on collections for fashion brands such as Alberta Ferretti and BORN. Her work is part of museum collections such as the Rijksmuseum, Museum Arnhem, Textile Museum, CODA, Gallery Marzee, Alice and Louis Koch ring collection and other private collections. Currently she is the Head of programme of the departments Fine Art and Design (body, object, material).
Her jewelry is inspired by the Surinam culture, its traditions and the connection with the European culture or intercultural themes. Jewelry where shapes are inspired by traditions, new customs and stories are embedded. Reflection of globalization, a fusion of divers’ influences and cultures on a homogeneous and symbolic way. Clearly of a maker who grew up between two cultures. Going back to the roots of jewelry, bearer of magical powers and symbols. Where certain materials and shapes have an important role. Ethnic influences dictate and inspire the used form language without them being folkloristic and traditional.