Universally, we are all feeling an energy shift. Directly translated as “open eyes" but understood as open-mindedness, the Bukas-Mata ring is designed with the intent to keep an open mind & open heart—a reminder of practicing acceptance and being receptive to change and new ideas.
Produced through our Sesotunawa partnership, these brass rings are handmade by the T'boli community in South Cotobato, Mindanao.
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ABOUT THE MAKER
Sesotunawa is a T’boli-owned social enterprise that produces recycled brass jewelry by practicing the art of Temwel. The modern Tau Temwel uses upcycled brass and other metal scraps from local junk shops and transforms these metals into intricate designs made in collaboration with MAAARI. Each brass piece pays homage to the Tboli tradition, folklore, and spiritual connection to nature. The transformation involves a complex process of wax rolling, clay molding, and molten metal casting that usually takes days to complete.
Sesotunawa is a union of two Tboli words, “sesotu” or “to make one”, and “nawa” or “spirit”. It literally stands for the spirit of working together. MAAARI is deeply honored to work together with the T’boli artisans through our skill-sharing workshops and design collaborations. This helps strengthen our partnership with Sesotunawa and mutually teaches us skills and cultural traditions to share with all of you.
Brass naturally oxidizes over time. Renew your piece's shine with lemon, baking soda, and a polishing cloth. To delay oxidation, keep your MAAARI jewelry away from moisture.