This fantastic fringe necklace is called Damá Boró, which translates to “The Serpent’s Head”, a tribute to one of the main legends found in Emberā-Chamí cosmology: the legend of Hepā, the serpent, an important spirit that communicates through the Shaman, Jaibanā. The Emberā-Chamí are a very spiritual people, they believe that everything and everyone has a soul, as a result their pieces are highly symbolical.
The patterns always carry a specific meaning, they are an open window into the Emberā-Chamí, history, culture and traditions. The top row represents Nepono, the sacred flowers used by the Shaman, Jaibanā. The middle row represents the ancestral dwellings and the Emberā-Chamí territory. The tips represent Hepā, the serpent’s head.
Colors have specific meanings in Emberā-Chamí culture. Black, chipār, represents feminine wisdom and spiritual protection. White and silver, chitor, represent spirituality, serenity and peace.