This stand alone statement necklace is made of delicately hand formed terra cotta beads with bronze colored & solid brass accent beads. The genuine leather tassel adds a splash of colour to complete any look. Aside from it's natural & beautiful look, this piece holds a story of 30 strong and dedicated women in Haiti that work together in mini-teams using many jewelry making techniques and materials including leather, metals, fabric and beads. They strongly believe in reducing waste as much as possible, so all leather and other scraps are saved and handed over to the jewelry teams to be turned into beautiful new creations.
Size: 34" long, 3.5" tassel.
Story: Haiti Design Co-op was founded in 2014 with the goal of bring about sustainable development through design, training, and job creation. Their workshop mantra is "MEN ANPIL, CHAY PA LOU". This is an old Haitian proverb meaning "MANY HANDS MAKE THE LOAD LIGHT". They believe that there is commonality between the designer, maker, and consumer, and that when working together they help lighten each other's load and bring about lasting positive impact.
Founders Chandler and Josh, with some team members, have seen their small workshop grow and evolved into a training and production center, employing over 150 people within the workshop and HDC partner branches. Over the years, HDC has collaborated with many talented designers that have come to Haiti and led workshops to train teams in new and better production techniques. These collaborations have been the foundations for many of the teams they are able to employ today.
Haiti Design Co-op houses and partners with production teams working in many types of artisan crafting, including leatherwork, sewing, jewelry making, aluminum casting, metal work, weaving, beadwork, horn & bone, tailoring, and shoe making.
HDC works to provide consistent employment in-house in order to give job training and stability to individuals in vulnerable situations. They aim to help artisan leaders succeed as independent entrepreneurs in the community.
Haiti Design Co-op believes the marriage of design and purpose can have a long lasting ripple effect of development and community building.
All items are handmade and can slightly vary in size & colour.
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