These intricate filigree earrings were handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico, and are from a small town in a municipality called Tehuantepec. The traditional garb of this region consists of heavily embroidered garments accessorized with large amounts of gold jewelry....often gold filigree earrings like these! Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter, was my inspiration for going to Oaxaca. During her lifetime she adopted the traditional Tehuana attire as a means of showing her solidarity with the strong women of this matriarchal Zapotec society. I was pleased to find pieces that were representative of what she may have worn. These earrings were created by the hands of older artisans since many of the young people in the pueblo don't have interest in learning this art. They are brilliant in every respect.
- 2” L x .75” W
- Latch hook pierced backs
- Hand filigree work, Bathed in Gold to create the bright traditional finish
- Handcrafted in a small community called San Blas Atempa in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico
** Of the extra pictures one is of the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán in the center of Oaxaca City (the city were I curated these amazing earrings). The other is of the lovely Elodia who brings this wearable art from her pueblo to one of Oaxaca City's biggest market on a daily basis. She is wearing traditional Tehuana dress. I visited her several times during my stay in Oaxaca City. The last visit she gave me a little gift of earrings, placed her hands on me and said, “Dios te bendiga” (God bless you). Love travel.