An Asian celebration themed clutch, covered with Chinese silk, with the central décor of masterful carved shell work of playful festive boys around a natural celebratory environment and flora and fauna on both sides. The bag has been framed with gold plated sterling silver, with two maw sit sit and diamonds mounted on top forming functional locks. It sits firm on gold plated sterling silver stands.
The carving of the shells was a painstakingly intricate process, each cut and carved with hand. The carving of shells required extreme diligence to ensure its thinness to make it seamlessly mounted on the silk cover of the bag. Carvers are specialists – they either carve wood or coconut or stone or shells and each need special tools. Each material bears different risks and opportunities and requires skills to deal with each material. The main commercial sources of these shells started in the early 1900’s, worn by the Kings and Queens of various eras. Popular for their sturdiness and beauty, it was also used to decorate watches, knives, guns and jewellery.
In Asia, there are no shortage of festivals to celebrate life, with the continent’s rich cultural and religious traditions. From Thailand’s ‘Loi Krathong’, to China’s ‘new year’, India’s ‘Diwali’, Vietnam’s ‘Tet Nguyen Dan’, Bali’s ‘Nyepi’, Japan’s ‘Gion Matsuri’, Cambodia’s ‘Chaul Chnam’ and lots more, these festive boys a celebratory ode to Asia.
The masterful elegant piece took over 4 months with over 12 craftsmen involved at various stages.
White Rose cut Diamonds: 0.03 ct
Maw Sit Sit Beads: 4.73 g.
Dimension: 15.5(H) x 18.3(L) x 6(W) cm.
Weight: 507 g.