Basket-weaving, wood-carving, silver & gold-panning & smithing, tatooing, weaving textile on a loom: these are deep traditions among the Filipino Cordillera mountain tribes. The jewelry in this collection pays homage to these inspiring practices. In the case of our Cordillera Bracelet, this kind of bracelet is typically woven from plant materials, such as water-bamboo or rattan.
Loving this folk form, we re-imagined it in gold and silver, yet endeavored to keep the pliability of the original plant version. Hand-woven as a tube that winds around & terminates in a hammered toggle on on end, and two slim straps on the other end, 18 Karat gold or 925 sterling silver are milled, then cut into strips, and then woven by hand as if they were still the original water bamboo. This is actually basket-weaving technique transposed into precious metals.
Custom-made, we create the gold version in 18 Karat Yellow, Red, & Pink Gold.