Although I like to think of myself as being reasonably well-dressed, I’ve never been much of a fashionista. It’s jeans and t-shirts for me most days. Lately, though, as I learn to love my hair in all it’s naturally curly glory, I’ve been trying to be more put together. What I’ve found is that my clothes are only part of the full picture. Once I add a flower in my hair or a pair of stunning earrings, I really feel like I’m “dressed up.” And oh, what wonders a few of these felt brooches and necklaces would do for my accessory collection!
Designed by Peruvian artisan Vacide Erda Zimic, they are beyond gorgeous! The brooches and necklaces are made from recycled and reclaimed 100% wool felt, which is used to make traditional Peruvian Andean hats. Each circle or triangle is hand cut before being layered together to create the finished pieces.
I regularly use brooches in my hair, and these would be no exception. And these necklaces could literally turn a simple black dress or even a plain white tee and jeans into a stunning outfit. I’m truly captivated, not just by their beauty, but by the amount of love and effort that must go into creating each one. Once I consider that, these prices seem remarkably low.
I’m also more than a bit enamored with the company that brings these works of art to market. D.I.G.S ( short for Duchamp’s Irreverent Guiding Spirit, Inc.), was founded by Rhea Alexander in 1991. Since it was founded, the company has been working directly with artisans in places like Egypt and Peru to ensure eco-conscious manufacturing, fair trade, fair wages, and quality design. You have to love any company that makes that kind of commitment for the long term.
Why It’s Green:
- Handmade by Peruvian artisans in a local workshop
- Made of recycled, reclaimed 100% wool felt
- Fair Trade