This Terracotta necklace is a part of our Earth day collection. In celebration of Earth Day 2011, we will contribute 25% of retail price of this necklace to Evergreen, a Canadian charity whose objective is to make cities more livable. By empowering communities, by providing innovative resources and by transforming educational values, Evergreen is bringing communities and nature together for the benefit of both.
Since ancient times, Terracotta has been a chief material used in the crafting of sculptures, pottery, bricks, and jewellery. Terracotta literally means “baked earth,” is made from natural clay, which gives it a characteristic reddish-brown colour. The colour in Terracotta varies slightly depending on the clay used and often Terracotta may be glazed for extra durability or to provide colour. In this necklace each hand-made Terracotta bead is carefully sculpted and baked till it hardens.
This Terracotta necklace is hand-crafted by artisans with the help of an individual cooperative in Northern India. This cooperative is providing them up to date tools to work, training of new techniques, and assisting them in marketing their jewellery pieces locally and globally. With the help of this cooperative, these artisans are working in a safe environment and earning sustainable livelihood.