Rumi Sumaq is the business name of Peruvian artisan Coco Paniora Salinas and his American wife Melanie Vento. They met and fell in love in Peru when Melanie was taking a break there from Bolivia while doing part of her medical anthropological studies. They lived in Cusco for a while as Coco and his brother had a jewelry store there. The couple moved back to the US in 2010 and now tour the art show circuit.
Coco is mainly self taught although he has also learned through working with other artisans. He is skilled in 3 disciplines - metal work, fiber and silverware jewelry. All his designs are one of a kind.
|Leaves in Bloom macrame bracelet|
His macrame jewelry making process is long and intricate, starting with preliminary sketches and gemstone choices before he even begins the knotted bezels. For a detailed look at his design process, check out Melanie's blog post on the creation of the Swinging in the Trees necklace (below) for Rumi Sumaq's latest spring collection.
|Swinging in the Trees macrame necklace|
|Peruvian Opal with Fire Agate macrame bracelet|
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