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Etkie Jewelry is Crafted by Formerly Unemployed Native Americans

By: Meghan Young - Published: May 27, 2014 • References: etkie and coolhunting
The bohemian spirit is very much alive in the modern world, if in an aesthetic-driven way, and the Etkie Jewelry embraces this truth. Yet it does more than focus on providing women (and men) with stylish accessories. Etkie Jewelry keeps a tradition alive while enlisting the skills of formerly unemployed Native American women to create the stunning pieces.

Handmade in New Mexico, Etkie Jewelry was founded by Sydney Alfonso along with her daughter, Kerry. She says, "We're basically Etsy on steroids. We provide collective design support, branding, partnerships and the market to help our artisans reach larger audiences, which, in turn, allows them to focus more on their craft." The results are beautiful beaded bracelets.