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Fetish

(fet.ish) An inanimate object prized for it's magically protective, healing, strengthening, and/or manifesting powers.

This collection is inspired by the Filipino agimat, also known as anting-anting (ear hanging—ornament), virtud (virtue), galing (prowess), or anting. Agimat translates to a charm or amulet and they are worn as jewelry in order to attract, heal, protect, strengthen, and/or manifest certain desires such as good heath, abundance, love, etc. They are also worn to ward off evil, bad luck, or unsavoury people. Agimats are utilized by all walks of life, regardless of gender or religious affiliation. Anting-antings can be made of wood, metals, plastic, and ceramic. They typically represent body parts, the evil eye, and some also have pictures of popular saints. Other popular antings are skeleton keys, fulgerites, animal teeth, or even parts of plants.

 

While predominant in the Philippines, agimats are also a part of the larger Southeast Asian culture. They are historically and presently used in the Indonesian, Malayasian, and Javanese communities. Agimats are also used world-wide - throughout Europe and the Americas and African countries. While they are widely used in the indigenous communities, the cross, a four leaf clover, the star of David, and the horse shoe are some of the most recognized examples of agimats. 

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The following pieces can be found at K2 Studio in Asheville, NC

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