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In the sixties  a young shy girl from Curacao and young courageous man  from Aruba  traveled to Holland. They met  in Rotterdam and fell in love. They were blessed with a baby girl ( Zwijndrecht, 1968) and a baby boy (Rotterdam, 1969). 

Motives I am fascinated by the decoration of my known ancestors : slaves from Ghana and Indians. I decorate necklaces and typical Aruban curvy ladies (also saving banks) with ancient patterns. Each item is uniquely handpainted, signed and is an exclusive one of a kind. These approximately  1500 years old patterns are found in Aruban and Curacao caves and pottery . The indigenous island inhabitants were called Caquetio. They lived in the western part of Venezuela and the southern Caribbean and moved by canoe over the Caribbean Sea.

In the 16th century  the Spanish colonists brought -for Caquetio deadly- diseases and the surviving indigenous population mixed with the newcomers from Europe and black slaves from the west coast of Africa. This is my roots and inspiration.

Necklace Caquetio The necklace is black and hand painted with gold colored paint in different patterns and motives. Black is the hair color of both the Caquetio as that of the slave. The gold refers to the fact that 20% of the  16th -century gold in Europe was from the Caribbean islands.

The shape of this chain refers to the 17th century transatlantic triangular trade between Europe, America and Africa. The Dutch slave trade took place mainly from the Dutch conquest in 1637 of the Elmina fort on the coast of present day Ghana and lasted until the year 1808. Each necklace is uniquely handpainted, signed and is an exclusive one of a kind.

Colourful paintings -please click on the image to enlarge-

Source: Oration ‘Indian stories; the fragile history of the West Indies’ Prof. dr. C.L. Hofman when accepting the post of professor in the archeology of the Caribbean

Family I love my family and made several drawings and paintings of them.

Thema door Anders Norén

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