Collaged from recycled scraps of Kazakh embroidered wall hangings- called ‘tusk-is’- these necklaces are handmade by Inaa, a wonderfully talented Kazakh artisan living in the heart of Mongolia’s Altai mountains. Inaa makes different products by repurposing pieces old wall hangings no longer in use (because of damage or age) to give new life to old art form, and these necklaces are created from the scraps left over from this process. These whimsical pieces not only are beautiful, but allow her to utilize every inch (literally) of the antique fabric with which she works!
Traditionally, the embroidered wall hangings that decorate the inside of Kazakh nomadic houses- called ‘ger’s- are started by a mother when her daughter gets married. After 1 year of marriage this first wall hanging is given as a wedding gift to the couple as their first decoration for their new home. Afterwards the task falls to the daughter to create more wall hangings to decorate her home, until the entire ger is covered in beautiful embroidery! This process can take many years, but the results are always spectacular! (For more information on Kazakh embroidery and to see more photos, please visit our Kazakh ‘Cause’ page)
Each necklace is a unique combination of scrap embroidery, meticulously composed together by Inaa’s expert eye and is guaranteed to be unlike any other piece of jewelry you’ve ever seen! They feature an adjustable tie closure (tied to fit) which allows you to wear them both short or long! This is definitely a statement necklace and conversation piece!