Farron Naka’waywisa Lightning Overlay Cuff Bracelet

Item No: 32862

$ 1,575.00

  • This highly sculptural sterling silver bracelet handcrafted by Farron Naka’waywisa is a breathtaking example of the silver overlay technique developed by the Hopi. Highly stylized zigzag designs represents lightning, with cloud and rain symbols framing each end. The polished surface of these overlay designs contrasts beautifully with the oxidized silver beneath them. A timeless piece that honors Hopi jewelry tradition, this masterful cuff bracelet offers a bold look that can be enjoyed by both men and women.

    • Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Farron Naka’waywisa (Hopi)
    • Sterling silver
    • Traditional Hopi overlay technique
    • Bracelet measures 1-1/4” wide with a 5-3/4”” inside circumference and a 1-1/2” opening
    • Fits an average wrist
    • Cuff can be cinched or opened to fit a smaller or larger wrist
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

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  • Farron Naka’waywisa is a renowned Hopi silversmith who handcrafts sterling silver and gold jewelry using the traditional Hopi overlay and appliqué styles. In his work, he incorporates symbols and patterns inspired by his heritage as well as more innovative and imaginative designs, such as planets, dolphins and oceans. He is a very precise and skilled craftsman, drawing out complex detailed patterns before beginning a piece.
  • This silver overlay cuff bracelet from Farron Naka’waywisa tells a story about rain and weather. The interlocking zigzag pattern that stretches across the top of the cuff symbolizes lightning. The stacked half-circle shapes on each side represent clouds, and the parallel lines that extend from the clouds toward the edge of the cuff represent rain. Lightning, cloud and rain designs often appear in Hopi overlay jewelry.
  • In the decades just before and after World War II, Hopi silversmiths developed their own sophisticated jewelry technique called overlay, which involves soldering together two pieces of metal. The artist begins by tracing a design onto a sheet of silver then saws out the design by hand, a difficult process requiring a high level of skill. The top piece is soldered to another layer of silver, and the bottom layer is oxidized to create a beautiful contrast with the highly polished top layer. Designs and patterns often incorporate traditional symbols, including sun, water, cornstalks, bear claws and the kokopelli. The overlay technique creates highly dimensional and detailed jewelry that demonstrates the remarkable craftsmanship of Hopi silversmiths.

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  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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