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Takara is inspired by traditional craft techniques and meditative working processes. Each piece is handmade in a small workshop in Portland, OR. This collection combines the traditional Japanese braiding technique, kumihimo, with natural dye processes and hand- hammered metals. Amulets are bound by intricate silk cord, elemental shapes hang from gold wire. Logwood, alkanet, cutch, kamala and sandalwood lend rich color to the fiber, articulating a vital connection to the natural world.
The artist behind Takara is Jen Goff, a West Coast native currently residing in Portland, OR. Her travels have led her all across the world, where she has worked on farms and gardens, shot rolls of film, bypassed fancy education, studied medicinal herbs, walked hundreds of miles, sat silent in meditation and finally settled down to make jewelry. Jen’s working process is intuitive and expresses a desire to connect beauty with everyday life through objects of personal adornment.