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Mixy Fandino - Colombian Andes Jewellery
Mixy Fandino specialises in beautiful handcrafted jewellery from the Colombian Andes. Inspired by the indigenous tradition yet with a wholly contemporary edge.
These high-quality items are made from natural, sustainable, light and highly wearable materials. Totumo & Cotton - not only unique but a riot of South American Colour.
They work closely with local artisans and have nurtured relationships based on respect & fair trade.
Totumo Fruit Gourd
Totumo is a large spherical fruit produced by the Calabash Tree with grows in Central America. They cut, dry, clean, dye & polish & engrave the fruits to make beautiful 'one of a kind' pendants , necklaces, earrings & bracelets.
Tagua Nut - Vegetable Ivory used to create Jewellery
Tagua is a member of ivory palms. The seeds of these palms (tag nuts) are referred to as 'vegetable ivory' and their popularity is increasing rapidly, as people become aware of their beauty and also, the benefits in using this source of material to make jewellery.
Tagua nuts are usually harvested once they have ripened and fallen to the forest floor. The size of olives up to oranges, the nuts are dried before processing. It takes 6-8 weeks to dry and they become extremely hard and the texture closely resembles that of animal ivory.
The natives in South America believed that people wearing tag would live in harmony & always be loved by their family & friends.
Individual cotton fibres are dyed in bright, carnival colours & stuck together with 'magic' glue. The cotton is then fused with other natural materials such as wood & açai berry seeds to produce original contemporary jewellery that commands attention.