Kristina Kada's art studio rests amid the quiet redwoods in the mountains of Santa Cruz. Inspired by her surroundings, her Japanese heritage, and the many shapes found in botanical forms and architecture, Kristina layers simple elements in repetition to build up richly textured patterns and produce interesting forms. Her classic jewelry techniques employ steel stakes, saw piercing and a hydraulic press to meld freehand elements with original castings.
The juxtaposition of oxidized sterling silver and brilliant matte silver captures the elegant beauty and symbolism of a single lotus blossom. In Buddhism, the lotus symbolizes our awakened Buddha nature which is pure and radiant. The smooth pendant hangs from a textured, charcoal gray, hand-dyed and hand-woven, adjustable kumihimo cord (see copy below for details and care).
Oxidized sterling silver pendant with matte sterling accent is 3/4" w x 15/16" l and includes the artist's special signature stamp on the back. Adjustable cord is 29" l. Made in the USA.
About the Kumihimo Cord Each silk necklace cord is hand-dyed and woven into an intricate braid on a wooden, tabletop loom. This technique honors the centuries-old traditional Japanese craft called kumihimo. This is the same technique used for decorative cording on kimonos, samurai sword handles, and the cords for hanging netsuke. The cord ends are finished with sterling silver accents. Due to the size of the finished ends, the kumihimo cord may not be interchanged with another cord or chain without damage.
Care of your Kumihimo Cord Treat the cord as you would a silk garment. Avoid getting the cord wet as much as possible (do not wear in the shower). If necessary, you may hand wash the cord with cold water and a drop of silk detergent. Rinse and completely dry before wearing.