These earrings are composed of copper, a skull made out of bone, hand-painted beads by a Peruvian couple, and multi-colored seed beads. The story behind these earrings is one of el campo (the farmland). Throughout Latin America, farmworkers plot the fields, some for over 12 hours a day. The green “hat” in the earrings are symbols for the land, and the blue body represents the water that the workers drink. However, the water is not clean. Because many farmworkers are paid per barrel, many of them drink from the puddles in the ground so that they do not lose out on the time that they spend walking to a water fountain (which much of the time is also contaminated).
These earrings are a representation of unseen labor. For those who buy this piece, I ask that you carry the story of the campesinos with you to raise awareness about the conditions of workers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as our relationship with food and the producers of food is at times invisible.