A symbol of beauty, good health and longevity
Each tiny hand cast narradores solid silver bead has been based on a symbol from the ancient Moche civilization which flourished on the north coastal regions of Peru between AD100 and AD800.
The Moche left a vivid artistic record of their beliefs and activities in beautifully sculpted and painted ceramic vessels, colorful wall murals, sumptuous textiles, and superbly crafted objects of gold, silver and copper.
This pretty silver six petal Amarillo flower bead is based on a stone Moche mace head, the mace being the preferred weapon in Moche culture, an instrument of battle and yet fashioned in such beauty. The handles were made of wood, and the heads of stone. The clubs were often formed or decorated with iconography related to nature or the cosmos, using inspiration such as stems, flowers, stars, and cacti.
This flower represents the 6 petal flower of the Aji Amarillo chilli pepper, known to be one of the main Moche crops and a common ingredient of Moche cooking, and still a standard ingredient of Peruvian cooking today. It is hot in flavour, amazingly high in vitamin c and antioxidants and well known for a number of health benefits symbolising beauty, good health and longevity.
The decorative bead is designed to thread onto a silver chain, leather necklet or bracelet.
The narradores collection is designed by Aileen Brindle and hand-cast in solid silver by skilful artisans in Peru .
‘narradores’ only works with fair trade suppliers helping to provide a sustainable income for traditional craftspeople.