Handmade gourd Lariat set made out of various natural seeds.
Black seed: chirilla
Brown round seed: Divi Divi
Cilinder shape: wood beads
Cream and brown seed: Carambolo
The cord is made out waxed cotton. Approx total length 90 cm (35.43 inches). The pendant is hand carved on the shell of a dried fruit (Totumo Fruit) /gourd.
Matching earrings come with sterling silver hooks at no additional cost. Length: Approximately 2.16 inches (5.5 cm).
Our items are fair-trade and we use natural, biodegradable materials that have been harvested in a sustainable manner. Our two chief aims are environmental preservation and giving talented but disadvantaged artisans an opportunity to participate in a leveled global market.
TOTUMO is the fruit of the tree of the same name that grows in Colombia. Its fruit has a strong round or extended crust that becomes hardened when it is mature. The ripe fruits once dry and clean inside, are used as containers (totumas) to hold water or liquids. During the pre-Columbian time the natives, Mocanás, who inhabited the centre and the south of the Atlantic province (departamento) used the crust of Totumo to make canteens (totumas) in which they stored milk and water. The pulp of the totumo is used to feed the cattle and make natural remedies. Artisans clean, dry, cut, dye, polish and engrave the fruit to make beautiful One of a kind bracelets, pendants, earrings, necklaces and various handcrafts.
CHIRILLA - "One of the most commonly used beads in natural seed jewelry comes from a beautiful wildflower of the Caribbean region and tropical America. It is commonly called "Indian shot" and it belongs to the mostly tropical, monocotyledonous Canna Family (Cannaceae). This lovely wildflower is common along roadsides and open fields throughout the West Indies and Lesser Antilles. The spherical black seeds of Indian shot are so hard and perfectly round that they resemble oversized BB's or buckshot from a shotgun shell. In fact, they are so dense that they readily sink in water. Under a hand lens the seeds are minutely-pitted, like the surface of pocked metal. The seeds are called "Indian shot" because of their superficial resemblance to lead shot ammunition of the 18th and 19th centuries."
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