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Moche-Inspired Pendant Necklace, 'Uma'

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Moche-Inspired Pendant Necklace, 'Uma'

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Peruvian artisan Paola Arguello names this unique pendant necklace Uma, the Quechua word for "head". The cast sterling silver charm depicts the cat-like face of an ancient mythological creature from the Moche civilization, which predates the Inca Empire. The pendant centers brown waxed polyester cords that can be adjusted in length; a sterling hook clasp secures the necklace.

Made in Peru

  • 925 sterling silver, waxed polyester cord
  • S-hook or hook clasp
  • High polish finish
  • Adjustable
  • Free Jewelry Packaging? Yes
  • Premium Jewelry Gift Box? Yes
  • 10 grams
  • 0.36 oz
  • 45 cm min L - x 68 cm max L x 0.7 cm W
  • 17.75" min L - x 27" max L x 0.3" W
  • Pendant(s): 3.7 cm L x 2.7 cm W
  • Pendant(s): 1.5" L x 1.1" W
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Paola Arguello

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Paola Arguello from Andes.

 

Meet the Artist

Paola Arguello

Paola Arguello

"I design and believe. For absolutely everything that I have, I worked at the beginning. We preserve our cultural heritage, connecting our culture with the rest of the world."

"I was born in 1977 in Bogota, Colombia. "I have a particular fascination for handicrafts, their stories and the fashion... "I was born in 1977 in Bogota, Colombia.

"I have a particular fascination for handicrafts, their stories and the fashion created from working with communities. I love to dance and all music is fun to me. I'm very creative, artistic and committed to my work. My family is my priority, and I love to spend as much time with them as possible. I'm lucky that they are part of all my new professional adventures.

"I was born with this love of detail and an interest in manual work. I inherited it from my dad, my grandmother, and my aunts. My mom doesn't even know how to glue buttons. Ha ha! I like everything to look pretty.

"I am an Industrial Engineer and studied in Colombia, hence my obsession with quality control and production processes. I also took courses and received diplomas in Miami, and at the USMA University of Panama. I learned to sew in a summer school and studied jewelry and metal work in Panama 20 years ago. I have tried to improve along the way, and to continue on the path of learning. This never ends. To achieve mastery, I had to make many mistakes. I had to learn to enjoy what I do with patience, learn to delegate, learn to work together. I learned to always work with the best.

"One of the most difficult things for me was having left Colombia, leaving my brothers and my parents. I had never been away from them. At that time there, weren't as many social networks. Skype was newly available, but it was complicated and expensive. With that I was able to keep in touch. Today I travel everywhere, and I live very attached to them wherever I am. I've been able to maintain the bond that has never been broken.

"It has been a challenge to obtain admiration and support for our work with the communities on the part of the city dwellers. When I started my project 22 years ago, it was unusual to use artisan-crafted products. Today, it's easier, although there are still some barriers. Achieving a good international sales and marketing structure is really challenging, as is achieving the quality that I propose in each of my collections.

"What I like the most is that everything is beautiful. We achieve the admiration of all those who know our work and the satisfaction of seeing the great work we do. It's challenging to put a price on each design. Quality and good workmanship are expensive. We are in the process of educating the consumer. It is also challenging to open new markets. It is the biggest and most important of the objectives to be met, but at the same time the most complicated.

"My plans and hopes for the future are to work with many more Latin American communities. Each one has thousands of stories to tell through its handicrafts. I like them all — I want to work on all of them. I see the opportunity for everyone to improve and take their craftsmanship to the next level. I hope to promote the unique fashion that we create with my artisans at an international level, bring our fashion to catwalks, markets and international stores.

"I'm passionate about the cultural expressions of our communities. I love traveling and getting to know handicrafts from all the places where I travel. Artisans and their ancestral techniques inspire me. They remind me of my grandmother. I loved to accompany her while she spun wool. She seemed fascinating to me. I see the love that a person puts into everything that is handmade.

"I design and believe. For absolutely everything that I have, I worked at the beginning. I work with artisan communities, preserving their ancestral techniques. We create fashion from studying and reinterpreting ancient stories that remind us of our Latin American origin. We respect the traditions of our culture and contribute to preserving them in a space that we create by making contemporary fashion. We preserve our cultural heritage, connecting our culture with the rest of the world."

Paola Arguello received an award as Best Emerging Designer at Panama Fashion Week 2016 and also by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Presidency of the Republic of Panama as a designer and artisan in the VIII SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS. Her work is has been recognized in Peru at the national level.

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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Take your measurements with the tape measure over your under garments. If your measurements fall between sizes you may prefer the next larger size. Inseam, skirt and dress lengths vary by style and will be listed in the item description. Our sweaters are knit in standard American sizes, however actual measurements vary by style.

BUST / CHEST

Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.

WAIST

Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.

LOW WAIST

Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.

HIPS

Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.

NECK

Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.

SLEEVE

Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.

INSEAM

Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.

 

Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

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