Each pair of Ashdel signature woven stud earrings is meticulously handcrafted from a variety of specialty threads (silks, metallics, wools, velvets) using a cord braiding technique kumihimo (Japanese for 'gathered threads'). Woven cords are tightly coiled and securely sewn by hand onto posts for durability and lasting wear.
Historically, kumihimo cords created from silk threads were used to secure armor, wrap sword handles, and adorn temples. Braiding was seen as a form of meditation and cords were often made by monks. Now, kumihimo is used to bind kimonos and to create intricate jewelry.
Inspired by the past, the woven studs are created as a reminder of our own strength and beauty in the present. Variations based on the woven design are expressed in simple metallics, playful fringe, and colorful patterns.
Limited collections are created from vintage and repurposed fabrics in small batches. Fabric remnants are sourced from vintage, antique, quilting, and creative reuse shops both locally and throughout the United States. Each collection is an exercise in resourcefulness where fabric scraps from the past are reimagined into jewels, continuing their story with the wearer.