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:: Dry Earth ::

I've always wondered what treasures the Basketmaker people of the ancient Southwest created that were claimed by time. They were the ancestors of the Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloans) who were in turn the ancestors of the modern Pueblo people. Exquisite baskets, woven so tightly they would hold water, were just one of the many fine crafts they made, and surely there were many goods made with leather, bone and feathers that didn't survive the centuries.

When I made these earrings I was listening to those ancient days and gentle ways of living on the earth, to sunwarmed earth and elemental forms. The colors evoke the bright desert world of the Basketmakers, as do the elements of deerhide, shell, crystal, bone, clay and yucca fiber. Hand-beaded strips of finely-grained leather are hung with drops of bronze impressed with the texture of dried saguaro cactus skin. Antique Mauritanian cone-shaped shell beads mingle with African bone and Yoruba brass; Mali clay beads mix with shell heishe and old African quartz. The earrings are alike but not identical in their proportions and beading, and are full of subtle variations.

I wrapped the elements at the top with my own hand-prepared yucca fibers. The preparation method was taught to me by a woman from a local Pueblo: this is the same type of fiber that has been used here in sandals, baskets, and rope since time out of mind. These were sealed so they will not fray. Warm hammered bronze was used for the earwires as well, strong and lovely.

It took a full day to get these earrings just right, the sort of pieces that needed taking apart and redoing many times to enable all of the elements to harmonize...but the extra work was more than worth it!

They are a connection to a deeper and more tranquil time, and a gentler way of living on the Earth. Let them be a link to the energy and wisdom of these ancient ancestors and provide a still place for you in this all-too-busy world.

Size: The longer of the two is 5" or 12.7cm long.

Care: You can briefly rinse these in lukewarm water to clean, and blot dry. Use no soap and don't scrub.

Your Dry Earth earrings will arrive giftwrapped in a hand-decorated pillow box, along with a handwritten descriptive label.

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Sorry, my work is one of a kind and I do not accept any custom orders, including requests to recreate previously sold items.
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Beaded Deerhide Earrings with Antique Trade Beads, Bronze, and Yucca Fiber Wraps


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: deerhide, yucca fiber, bronze, shell, glass, brass, quartz beads, clay beads, heishe, bone, antique beads, seed beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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