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    The Embera tribe lives in both Panama and Colombia. It has over 80 000 people. Although at present most Emberá Indigenous people live in villages, towns or larger urban areas, many of them still settle along the river banks, where they used to live from generation to generation.
    Making necklaces  is the key element of the Embera culture. Embera-Chami tribe wears it since childhood.

    Embera believe that women carry the burden of the world on their shoulders. Their handmade necklaces are called Okama, which can be translated as a path.
    The complex, geometric designs of these large-sized necklaces represent social status of the owner. The larger the necklace, the more important the Embera-Chami woman is within the local community.
    The spirituality of the Embera people  says a lot about them - the overall goal is to protect the planet's biodiversity, as Mother Earth itself indicates.
    Necklaces adorn the bodies of not only women, but also men. Seeds and silver coins were once used to create them. Currently, they primarily appreciate glass beads.

    Necklaces are woven on looms. Each artisan who creates them needs 10 to 15 days to make one okama.

    The combination of colors and shapes of Embera jewelry says a lot about the perception of the world by the tribe.
    What is the meaning of the colors?

    WHITE: clouds, space;
    RED: blood, race, soul, flowers;
    BLUE: sea, river, sky, space;
    GREEN: nature, leaves, mountains;
    YELLOW: gold, sun, happiness;
    ORANGE: flowers;
    BROWN: earth; dark night.

    Shapes also have their special meaning:

    the shape of the DIAMOND represents the four seasons,
    the CIRCLE represents community and unity,
    the SPIRAL reflects the journey.

    By wearing the Embera necklaces, which we choose for you during our direct cooperation with the Embera tribe, you help us to help them economically.
    We allocate part of our profits to actions supporting Indigenous  communities – about one of them, run globally, you can read here:

    In search of inspiration, in addition to visiting Colombia, we have also visited the Embera Indigenous community Panama, have a look at the short video about it.


    We wrote about our impressions from this visit, so different from our Colombian adventures on the blog (in Polish):