No mystery to this beautiful beaded bracelet! Bold yet delicate, you may just feel like you are floating with the tide! The colors are subtly stunning and make a statement with any outfit. The women artisans who produce these pottery necklaces practice traditional, low-temperature, burnished pottery techniques to create these ethnic designs.
Located in the heart of Central America, Honduras has a very rich artisan tradition. Most of the indigenous and rural artisans are women, keepers of the pre-Colombian and colonial techniques, shapes, and secrets. In the hands of Lenca, Miskito, Tawahka, Garifuna, Pech, Tolupan, Maya, Chorti and Mestizo women, these traditions are experiencing a renaissance thanks to the support and design work of ACTA DE HONDURAS. Their artisans use beautiful pottery and recycled aluminum that they fashion into jewelry, ornaments, gifts and home decor. Lencan Pottery is one of the most known and impressive artistry of Honduras.
- Ceramic beads & cotton cord
- 7" - 10" L (17.8 - 25.4 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Honduras
ACTA (Cooperation Agency of Ticino and Associates) is a private non profit agency with many years of experience working with rural and indigenous artisans all around Honduras. ACTA supports 14 indigenous, Lencan communities and 2 rural communities, under the direction of anthropologist Alessandra Foletti Castegnaro. Its main beneficiaries are 540 women, each of whom represents a family, for a total of 2,700 beneficiaries. ACTA's support is focused on improving the production and life conditions of artisans, and on developing and promoting new products. Most of the indigenous and rural artisans are women, keepers of pre-Columbian and colonial techniques, shapes and secrets.
In the hands of Lenca, Miskito, Tawahka, Garifuna, Pech, Tolupan, Maya, Chortí and Mestizo women, these traditions are experiencing a renaissance. Their artisans produce beautiful pottery and recycled aluminum that they fashion into jewelry, ornaments, gifts and home decor. Lencan Pottery is one of the most known and impressive artisanry of Honduras. The Lenca women produce black pottery, 'spotted' pots recalling the spots of the moon, and artistic objects hand decorated using pre-Columbian techniques.
The production of crafts by the women is important for economic as well as socio-cultural reasons. It reinforces the national and ethnic cultural identity. In addition, it provides an important source or rural employment, especially in low-income areas. Crafts have benefited families and the community, as well as helped prevent migration to overpopulated urban areas and the disintegration of family, ethnic and social groups. They also present women and mothers with a source of revenue that allows them to remain at home.