What are those drawings on your Caquetio-necklaces?

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The hand-painted patterns are based on approximately 1500 years old drawings found on caves and pottery in Aruba and Curacao.

They are drawings inspired by the Caquetío Indians, the indigenous inhabitants of the western part of Venezuela and the southern Caribbean Islands, including Aruba and Curacao. They moved by canoe across the Caribbean Sea. In the 16th century, the Spanish colonists brought – for the Caquetío – deadly diseases and the surviving Indian people blended with the newcomers from Europe and black slaves from the west coast of Africa.

What is the story behind the color? The necklace is black and gold. Black is the hair color of both the Caquetío and the slaves. The gold-colored refers to the fact that 20% of gold came from the Caribbean islands in 16th century Europe.

How about the form? The triangular shape of this chain refers to the 17th century Transatlantic triangle trade between Europe, America and Africa, where the Dutch slave trade was part of. The slave trade took place mainly from the fort Elmina conquered by the Netherlands in 1637 on the coast of the present Ghana.



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