Kayan Collection: the preciousness of a symbol

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

In the hills of Northern Thailand, right at the border of Myanmar, lives a tribe of people called Kayan Lahwi. Women are well known for wearing neck rings, brass coils that are placed around the neck, appearing to lengthen it.

Legend has it that in a distant time the Kayan people lived in prosperity and lust. The Nat, the spirits of the local popular belief, annoyed by this behavior decided to punish them by creating ferocious tigers against their women. Following the advice of an old sage, the men chose to forge large gold spirals with which to protect the neck and limbs of their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters from the bites of the felines.

Since then, women, even using a less precious metal than gold, like brass, no longer abandoned that tradition that was instead adopted as a symbol of seduction and loyalty. Girls first start to wear rings when they are around 5 years old. Over the years, the coil is replaced by a longer one and more turns are added.

Today for the Kayan women, the purpose for wearing the rings is strong cultural identity and association of beauty.

We wanted to reshape the preciousness of the emotional value from a human culture and tradition handed down by an ancient symbol of femininity and beauty in new contemporary home objects.

The Kayan Collection is composed by different-sized small side tables, made in Italy , with precious materials such as brass, with the Sky Gold quartzite top, or in polished steel with the Azul Macaubas quartzite top.

All the versions can have backlit top, the family can be enriched with cylindrical versions available in different dimensions.

The Kayan collection is a small home jewellery family that brings with it a distant beauty narrative.

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