These Kalinga earrings are handmade and designed by working students at the local training center we have partnered with.
We have specifically selected this product to give them an incentive for learning the heritage crafts of weaving and beading, while supporting their studies in other disciplines. In addition, the products become tools for them, as well as the buyers, to learn & preserve the meaning & history behind the weaves and beads in these modern times.
We hope to reinforce the idea that it is possible to balance the preservation of heritage arts & crafts with other aspirations. They are not mutually exclusive. Some indigenous youth study to someday be police officers, designers, IT professionals, but it doesn't mean that they cannot continue to identify with and preserve their heritage. For some, heritage arts & crafts is a primary source of income, but within an increasingly global society, it doesn't have to be a choice of either-or. There are opportunities to pursue global careers while preserving heritage. In fact, we believe taking your identity with you and contributing to the conversation of global diversity and sustainable design is essential. Philippine indigenous roots have much to contribute to this knowledge pool.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the artisans make these products in batches and from various pieces of weaving panels, each set may differ slightly in pattern. Colors will generally, be the same but each set will be unique in pattern and orientation.PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS: Go to http://www.shopee.ph/filiology to order and take advantage of FREE NATIONWIDE SHIPPING.