Unique pair of earrings hand painted on the shell of the Totumo fruit or Gourd.
Earrings hooks are sterling silver. Length including the hooks: Approximately 3.1 inches (6 cm).
Earrings size without the hooks: Approx 1.5 inches (4 cm) diameter
Items are fairtrade and use natural, biodegradable materials that have been harvested in a sustainable manner.
TOTUMO IS VERY HARD AND DURABLE, BUT IT IS NOT WATER RESISTANT. WATER WILL NOT DESTROY TOTUMO, BUT PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO WATER AND SUN MAY CAUSE THE COLOR TO FADE OR THE PIECE TO DAMAGE, BEND OR CHANGE ITS SHAPE.
Please note that each piece is handmade and unique. The pieces have been selected but please do not expect exact matches. The size, shape and shade of each piece may vary and will be slightly different from what is shown in the photo.
TOTUMO or GOURD is the fruit of the tree of the same name that grows in Central America and the Colombian Amazon. Its fruit has a strong round or extended crust that becomes hardened when it is mature. The ripe fruits once dry and clean inside, are used as containers (totumas) to hold water or liquids. During the pre-Columbian time the natives, Mocanás, who inhabited the centre and the south of the Atlantic province (department) used the crust of totumo to make canteens called Totumas in which they stored milk and water.
Colombian artisans cut, dry, clean, dye, polish and engrave the fruits to make beautiful One of a kind pendants, earrings and various handcrafts.