Maari's take on reinterpreting the Linglingo shape for the perfect androgynous bangle. An ancestral amulet, the Linglingo is an ancient Philippine symbol for fertility and virility. Traditionally round, with an opening on one side, the shape resembles the female uterus and the negative space, the head of a penis—illustrating the perfect union of male and female energies. ‘Linglingo’ means “lingo that serves the act of creation”, “lingo that issues the thought of manifestation”, “lingo that conjures the power to bring forth”.*
ABOUT THE MAKERS
Sesotunawa is a T’boli-owned social enterprise that produces recycled brass jewelry by practicing the art of Temwel. The modern Tau Temwel uses upcycled brass and other metal scraps from local junk shops and transforms these metals into intricate designs made in collaboration with MAAARI. Each brass piece pays homage to the Tboli tradition, folklore, and spiritual connection to nature. The transformation involves a complex process of wax rolling, clay molding, and molten metal casting that usually takes days to complete.
Sesotunawa is a union of two T’boli words, “sesotu” or “to make one”, and “nawa” or “spirit”. It literally stands for the spirit of working together. MAAARI is deeply honored to work with the T’boli artisans, and through design collaborations and skill-sharing workshops, we are able to share their stories of age-old craft & tradition.
Brass naturally oxidizes over time. A small 2x2” polishing pad comes with each piece. Also, you can renew your piece's shine with lemon, baking soda, and a polishing cloth. To delay oxidation, keep your MAAARI jewelry away from moisture.