Lebanon, Kinship Stories, Indian Lapis
Around 28 cms
Name: Indian Lapis
Collection: Celebrating Art and Supporting Artisanship
Cultures: India, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nepal, Ghana and Vietnam
This handmade tribal art necklace comprises a variety of cultures and carries, between its beads & threads, historical evidence of a world on the verge of extinction.
The base of this necklace is made with artisanal hand-scrapped leather from Egypt as well as Indian hand-dyed and block-printed fabrics. On the left side of the base are hard-carved opaline beads from Nepal. The tassel below them is Uzbek. It is around 60-80 years old and it once adorned the borders of someone’s tapestry.
The orange-colored bead on the right side of the base is ancient coral from Vietnam. Coral comes from marine reefs. Prized since antiquity for its color and natural beauty, coral has traditionally been considered a mysterious, powerful and sacred gem -perhaps because it originates from a living organism.
The triangular fabric piece is a vintage hand-embroidered amulet from Afghanistan. Such pieces of textiles have historically been sewn to clothing or attached at home doors, and have hid, within them, a variety of protective prayers. At its bottom is a cowry shell from the Indian Ocean. Because of their shape, cowry shells are believed to protect from the evil eye and to promote fertility. The navy-blue tassel was made by a Rabari woman. The Rabaris are a nomadic tribe roaming the North-Western desert of India. This tassel is 40 to 60 years old and it originally adorned a traditional dowry bag.
Down at the center are blue Krobo beads from Ghana. Made of recycled glass, they belong to a tradition of bead making that extends over a thousand year. Today, they are still made in the same way, using old glass, crushed and mixed with ceramics.
Between them are spectacular antique beads sourced from Jaipur, India. The beads, which include pieces of coral and lapis lazuli, belonged to an old necklace and was at one point in time worn by a woman from a privileged family. Lapis is prized for its pacifying and purifying qualities.
This necklace is entirely handmade and is a one-of-a-kind piece. It carries within it the stories and memories of local cultures slowly disappearing in today's global world. Just like you, the person wearing it today, it signifies the beauty of staying true to oneself while embracing other cultures.