A symbol of water, the provider of life and good harvests
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 organically shaped ‘Cactus Stem’ silver 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 and the cosmos formed in such shapes as stems, flowers, stars, and cacti.
Their artistry shows that the Moche were great farmers cultivating many crops in the river valleys. They were able to transform the land into a verdant oasis with the development of an extensive irrigation network. The agricultural crops which they raised included beans, cotton, corn, squash, chillies, and peanuts. This organically shaped ridged bead formed in the shape of a cactus stem symbolises water, the provider of life and good harvests.
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.