Universally, we are all feeling an energy shift. Directly translated as “open eyes" but understood as open-mindedness, the Bukas-Mata ring is designed with the intent to keep an open mind & open heart—a reminder of practicing acceptance and being receptive to change and new ideas.
Produced through our Sesotunawa partnership, these brass rings are hand made by the T'boli community in South Cotobato, Mindanao.
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ABOUT THE MAKER
The indigenous T’Boli community of Lake Sebu is distinguished by their vibrant traditional attire and intricate brass adornments. Largely untouched by the Western world, the T’Boli people for centuries have lived off the land and used traditional brass making methods to create stunning metals.
For each piece, T’Boli artisans start with beeswax and form it into their desired design. Clay is formed around the beeswax to create a mold, then dried in the sun. Recycled church bells are melted down over an open flame and poured into the mold. Once dried, the clay mold is cracked open to reveal the brass jewelry inside. Brass making not only provides sustainable livelihoods for the T’Boli people but helps preserve this age-old craft for generations to come.
Brass naturally oxidizes over time. Renew your piece's shine with lemon, baking soda, and a polishing cloth. To delay oxidation, keep your MAAARI jewelry away from moisture.