By Arwa Lodhi
Is it an intricate necklace? Or is it a fascinating collar?
We’re not sure which this gorgeous accessory by Estelara is, but we’d rock it, either way!
It’s handmade by communities of indigenous women in Ecuador, and it’s inspired by the Andean cosmovision of nature. In fact, rainbows, stars,mountains, animals and leaves are just some of the designs that the women in the weaving collective build into their necklaces, One of these necklaces take up to one week of beading, depending on the size.
This intricate beauty looks wonderful on a nude neck, and highlights the collarbones. But if you have a top that you’re now finding a bit on the dull side, it can also add some delicate detailing to a basic tee, or a simple, round-cut shirt of any kind.
But what we love most about this accessory is the story behind it.
Estelara was born in the Ecuadorian rainforest 10 years ago, where two women’s visions for sustainable fashion came together. Open to the wisdom of the cultures of the world, their traditions and heritage, the two female founders – Tash and Pame – decided to launch Estelara, a sustainable fashion brand that guarantees a heartwarming story behind each piece.
Each handmade piece is selected from from different communities thoughout Ecuador. The founders ensure they learn the story behind the artisanal techniques used to create each item, and then they add their own designer touch to make accessories that you simply cannot find anywhere else.
Tash and Pame are on a mission is to positively impact people’s lives and strengthen our inner humanity, by sharing the richness of their beloved Ecuadorian culture with the rest of the world. They travelled all over their homeland to discover the most beautiful, sustainable and artisanal pieces their nation has to offer. Not only do these accessories complement any outfit, but they also contribute strongly to supporting local social and economic development.
Not only does the brand offer gorgeously beaded necklaces, but they also sell elegant woven bags, sophisticated silver jewellery, and classic Panama hats, expertly woven from paja toquilla.
Their online website has gained international attention for not only its unique offerings and great ethics, but also for the ease by which you can order anything from anywhere in the world. It’s a beautiful thing for conscious consumers, and an even better thing for all the women who create these stunning accessories!
As the founders point out, Estelara means “like a constellation” in Spanish, and that name was chosen for a reason: it represents women who truly shine with inner radiance. It also mirrors the brilliant heritage and culture of the Ecuadorian peoples, who vary in languge, culture and tradition. “We want you to know that each handcrafted product made with love by an artisan family, is a piece of that culture destined for YOU. We celebrate fashion while embracing tradition,” say the founders.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to win a handcrafted accessory from Estelara!
To enter, simply type in your details in the form below.
Competiton ends April 21 2019. Good luck!
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