Chin Women Collection
I visited chin villages in Myanmar back in 2015 ,I met some of these amazing women with an incredible story.
It was said that women from Chin tribes were always known for their beauty and often stolen by other tribes .The Chin parents, in an attempt to protect their daughters, started tattooing their young child’s face. The tattooing took over a day to complete and it was extremely painful, especially to the tender eyelid area. Over the years, what was originally intended to make the women undesirable began to have another opposite effect. The full facial tattoos became signs of beauty for every Chin women of the old generation. The tattooing became a thoroughgoing tradition, not only deeply entrenched in the local culture but also appeared to be something that most of Chin women are proud of.
I often think about them So I decided to create a collection to honor the last few tattooed faced women left from the chin tribes
Vintage Coin Collection
Since early childhood I have always been fascinated by coins.
Coins are one of the most important sources of information from which archaeologists and historians can try to interpret the past. This is partly because, unlike most other ancient artefacts, they are often stamped with words and images from a particular part of history of a civilization which always have been fascinating to me. The exact dates of the coins I select can not be determined but I believe there is beauty in carrying a part of history with you.
108 is considered a sacred number in many spiritual traditions, a number that symbolizes the wholeness of existence and the universe.
In Hinduism and Buddhism, 1t represents the Divine or the universe, 0 symbolizes the emptiness or completeness at the beginning of a spiritual journey, and 8 stands for infinity and eternity. It is said that there are
108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. Ayurveda knows 108 sacred intersection points (marmas) that hold the vital energy in the body.
Malas are sacred and personal but to honor this universal divine number I have created a collection of 108’s
Sekala Niskala Collection
Bali has been my home for the past few years and I have always been fascinated by this incredible island, the Balinese traditions, ceremonies and mythology.
The Balinese are also highly skilled silversmiths, known for their granulation and wirework decoration. I had the opportunity to take 6 months silversmith courses in order to learn more about these unique techniques, giving me a technical understanding of the complexity of the pieces as well as inspirational experiences from the knowledge and mythology of Balinese.
Combining my learnings from their art, craftsmanship and mythology I have created a collection called sekala niskala ( the seen and the unseen ) in honor of this magical island of gods.
Multicultural Charms Collection
Throughout the years of travel to different parts of the world and meeting so many wonderful people from different cultures, I have come to understanding that all us have more similarities than indifferences but we express it differently. To display the love that I have for the places that have captured my heart I have created the multi cultural charm necklaces with combination of symbols and healing stones from around the world.
The Sumba Collection
The Marapu religion also known as Marafu in Sumba is a form of ancestral religion that is practiced mainly in the island of Sumba
According to Marapu beliefs, any spirit consists of two elements: Ndewa and Hamanangu. Marapu teachings concern the balance of universal life through which happiness can be gained.
This balance is symbolized by the Great Mother (Ina Kalada) and the Great Father (Ama Kalada) who live in the universe and take the forms of the moon and the sun. In mythology, they are husband and wife who gave birth to the ancestors of the Sumbanese.
Sugati Jewelry Sumba addition, Inspired by my trip to the beautiful island of Sumba. In this collection I use symbols and shapes that holds a strong meaning in their belief that is widely seen in the island.
Pis Bolong Collection
(Balinese Magic Coin)
In Bali cash coins are often used in various forms of rituals which earns them the nickname “magic coins”, these cash coin amulets date back to the Majapahit period in 13th century.
There are many versions of a story of why these Chinese cash coins are used in ceremonies in Bali.
The history says that Kang Cin Wei ( Chinese Queen ) asked the king that Chinese coins must be part of Balinese rituals and after her request the coins integrated the rites and also the monetary system. However there is a story that explains things a bit differently and it ties it to Barong landung story.
Barong Landung is the story of King Sri Jaya Pangus who married a Chinese princess Kang Cing Wie, After a long marriage they still had no children. The king decided to go to mount Batur for meditation and self discovery, On his way he met a beautiful princess, Dewi Danu. The king lied to the Princess that he was not married so they got married and had a son together.
After months of waiting the first queen decided to search for her missing husband and found the king married with another woman. The new wife Dewi Danu was also shocked and became aware of her husband’s lying. Dewi Danu In anger, with her magic power burned The king and the queen. The Kingdom was grieving over the death of their king and queen, so as a form of devotion and love for the king and queen, the people made a replica statue of Jaya Pangus and Kang Cing Wie (known as Barong Landung) and worship and started using Chinese coins in all ceremonies and rituals