Archives for November 2017

Artisan: Iago

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Iago is someone my husband would call “uma figura” — which roughly translates to “what a character”. Iago is a crazy-talented 29 year-old who has been creating artisanal pieces since he was 14 years old. His Dad is an artist, and learned it right at his Daddy’s knee. Iago splits his time between Arembepe and…

Artisan: Maicon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Maicon is a guy with a vision. When we met Maicon he was neatly dressed in a blue polo and khaki shorts (very non-baiano, actually). The 33-year-old artist started making jewelry when he was 17, and his years and years of experience are obvious in the pieces he makes. Of all of the artisans we…

Artisan: Manoel

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“Luck favors the prepared” definitely applies to how we met Manoel. My husband was heading out for the day and Manoel was walking towards the Orla (boardwalk) with his board of jewelry and my husband stopped him. He tells me later he “liked Manoel’s energy” and just had a hunch we’d like his pieces. Of…

Wish Ribbons of Bomfim

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The ribbon of Bomfim is now a tourist item that is sold by street vendors in Salvador, but this humble ribbon has an origin in miracles. Printed on the ribbon is “Lembrança do Senor do Bomfim da Bahia”, which is “reminder of the church of Bomfim in Bahia” (Senor do Bomfim = church of good…