They are called Angisa earrings because they are miniature Angisas. Angisas are Surinames headwraps with a name and a meaning. They carry the history of creole women in Suriname who developed a secret language creating these head wraps dating back to slavery times.
A woman wearing a double tied Feda an Angisa
Free Black women would tie their head scarfs a certain way as an act of resistance but also to secretly meet on the corner or to tell people to back off. At the same time, the Angisa head wraps were also a representation of the times.
While Baka Oto which means €œThe back of a car€� was inspired by the first car that drove around in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, the Let them talk and Meet me on the corner Angisas date back to the 1800€™s before slavery was abolished.
Today the traditional Angisas are mainly worn on national holidays like Keti Koti, emancipation of slavery and Manspasi, independence day in Suriname.
Still, folding Angisas remains a true art. I can only imagine how skilled one has to be to fold not 90 by 90 cm but about 4 cm of fabric into these little earrings.
The great thing about it is that now we can wear these colorful, fun, history carrying head wraps as earrings. I was super exited from the minute I saw them and that is why I like to offer them as a gift.
The giveaway is over but you can order at Angisa Earrings.