Summer, the ultimate season of love is here! With weddings, engagements, romantic getaways, new romances and decorating of love nests there is always a need to find the perfect gift for someone in your life.
We have put together a list of gift ideas for you, perfect for special occasions of love, whether it’s for someone close to you, an acquaintance or for yourself.
Each piece is artisan crafted as per ancient techniques and each has an intriguing story which comes printed out inside a beautiful envelope.
A SYMBOL OF LOVE - DRAGON BETEL NUT CUTTER
This Naga (dragon in Indonesian) betel nut cutter comes from Borneo in Indonesia and was made in the beginning to mid 1900s. In Indonesia the dragon is a symbol of fertility and love as well as of protection. You can read it's intriguing story clicking on the below link!
A SYMBOL OF LOVE AND PROSPERITY - DOWRY STONES
These statues from Papua are hand carved in black river stone, shaped like coins to symbolise prosperity. Statues like these were used in marriage proposals since the people of Papua believed that the marriage will be as sturdy as the stone they used as the dowry.
A SYMBOL OF FERTILITY - KODAK KODAK
These sculptures are handmade in clay and come from Sumba in Indonesia. The frog has since ancient times been worshipped as a symbol of fertility and harmony, connected to feminine and masculine energies and the power of water.
SYMBOLS OF GOOD LUCK - STONE TOTEMS
SYMBOLS OF ETERNAL LOVE - FRAMES WITH WEDDING BANGLES
These framed bangles come from Bali in Indonesia. They are made in brass, set with colored glass beads and decorated with rich motifs recalling Balinese temple carvings. For centuries bangles like these have been worn by brides during wedding ceremonies as a symbol of eternal love and prosperity. As part of a family's heirlooms they are passed along from generation to generation.
A SYMBOL OF FERTILITY - FRAME WITH MAMULI EARRING
Handmade in brass this earring derives from Sumba in Indonesia, known as a magic fertility amulet. It comes encapsulated inside a beautiful wooden frame. The Mamuli have since ancient times been worn on ceremonial occasions, thought to have an incredibly powerful supernatural potency. They are part of a family's heirlooms, believed to gain ancestral powers as they are passed along from generation to generation.
A SYMBOL OF THE PERFECT UNION - FRAME WITH DURI DURI
This earring is handmade in brass and comes from Sumatra in Indonesia, encapsulated inside a beautiful wooden frame. Since ancient times earrings like these have been worn by either men or women of the Toba Batak people as a symbol of fertility and of the unisex. Duri-duri means thorns, describing the pronged phallic shapes in the earring while the omega form takes on the symbolism of the female sex. Combined they represent the perfect union of the sexes.
A SYMBOL OF PASSION - FRAME WITH SNUFF BOTTLE
Snuff bottles were used in the Chinese Qing Dynasty from the mid 1600s until the beginning of the 19th century.
They were made to hold powdered tobacco which was inhaled through the nose. This particular bottle is hand carved in Buffalo Bone and engraved with Kamasutra motifs. Currently there are 24 different motifs available!
In Balinese culture it is believed that if we own a Pis Bolong / Balinese coin life will be beautiful. The coins are believed to have magic. Every coin has the Balinese words: Sa, Ba, Ta, A, each representing the strength in the 4 corner stones of the compass. They are made from a sacred alloy called Panca Datu / the five strengths of life. consisting of Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze and Iron. Each metal has a divine meaning and potency with colours symbolising the power of the gods.
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We wish you a wonderful summer and lots of love!