Handmade, ethically sourced tribal clutch
A creation where the modern and the ancient play together bringing a unique and special result.
This clutch is a co-creation from 2 native communities of Colombia (Embera chami and peasant artisan women from Nariño). Each community contributed to create this wonderful design. The weaving in glass beads is an Okama.
The Okama is a tradition for women of the Embera Tribe. They receive their first Okama when they receive their first menstruation cycle. The Okama is the path that runs around the neck, and it functions to protect the woman's heart, empower her, and to highlight her beauty.
The Okama weavings are full of ancestral wisdom. It is a tradition that passes from mothers and grandmothers to daughters and granddaughters. Every Okama tells a story: This one is connected to the mountain.
For indigenous tribes around the world, a mountain is a sacred place.
The name of the tribe we work with is Embera Chami, “The people of the mountain and the corn”.
Many tribes around the Americas perform rituals connected with the mountain, where they ask for answers, give offerings, and to become closer to the sacred heights. The mountains are also very important because within the mountains rivers are born.
A good amulet for security and perspective.
Materials: Iraca palm fiber & glass beads.