About Our Bracelets
Art, Culture and Tradition
Okama means the path that runs around the neck and its purpose is to protect the woman's heart, empower her, and to highlight her beauty. The waves of the Okamas are full of ancestral Embera Chami wisdom and crafted from generational weaving techniques. Every Okama tells a story, the conscious complexity of colorful patterns of nature. Every piece can take up to 20+ days to complete. Designs are 100 % exclusive and are a hybrid of culture and history.
The Embera Chamí tribe have unique worldviews and ways to connect with nature that have existed for thousands of centuries. They have consciously preserved their unique forms of art making which are a clear channel of expression where we can witness their infinite imagination and their care for Mother Earth. Art practices such as the handmade beadworks of the Embera people deserve our attention and support.
100% Handmade in Colombia
Purchasing this item supports indigenous people and their families
Care and Cleaning
Caring for Beaded Jewelry
Thoughtful and daily care is the best technique for keeping your beaded jewelry scratch free and brilliant looking.
First rule- Apply your make-up, perfumes, hair spray, lotions, etc. BEFORE you put your beaded jewelry on.
Second rule - Don't wear beaded jewelry in the shower, swimming pool or during housecleaning chores. Besides the fact you would look like "Leave it to Beaver's" mom -harsh chemicals and cleaning agents can dull or scratch the surface of some beads.
Cleaning your Beaded Jewelry
Most cases, all you need is a clean soft cloth, like a chamois.
A soft paintbursh or toothbrush is handy for cleaning dust
Storing your Beaded Jewelry
Just as you store your finished beaded jewelry pieces in special boxes or compartments, Storing them well will keep your beads pristine and scratch free.
Storing beads in appropriate containers allows similar beads to be stored together. It keeps the larger, chunky beads from breaking smaller, fragile beads and keeps the smaller beads from scratching the surface of the larger beads. It is always best, when possible, to store beads so that you can see what is in the container or have it well marked.
Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture gems. Your attic or basement may not be the best place to keep your beads based on this.
The pieces we sold on our website are authentic and hand made by artisans from different regions in Colombia which they were crafted. Please keep in mind that many of our pieces are created with techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation, so there may be small imperfections that do not affect its functionality but add to their uniqueness.
We invite you to carefully read the entire item description and zoom in each photo closely before ordering.
Please feel free to ask us any questions about a piece, as we are more than happy to further assist you.