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Sleek and agile, twin dolphins leap and play on this pendant necklace presented by Andi Rachmansyah in Bali. The pendant is hand carved from smooth cow bone and centered on a black cotton cord of adjustable length.
"When I am challenged by a difficult design, I work until I can do it nicely. When someone likes it, the result is a very happy moment."
"My friends describe me as a simple guy who is a hard worker and loves his family.
"I became interested in carving when a friend introduced me to some artisans who worked in carving. I saw the way they worked and it was so amazing that I started to learn. It was my friend Abdul Rasit who taught me, and two other carvers – Pak Dewa and Bli Kadek – were always there to answer my questions.
"My materials are plentiful and inexpensive, when compared to silver or gold. I work in bone and wood. My culture inspires me, and the natural world around me – flowers, leaves and animals. To improve my technique, I turn to books, the Internet and visiting other bone carvers.
"When I am challenged by a difficult design, I work until I can do it nicely. When someone likes it, the result is a very happy moment.
"In 2010 when my wife was pregnant with our second son, I didn't have enough money to pay the rent. We had no choice. We had to move to my father-in-law's house, where we stayed for five months.
"In the future, I hope can buy a new house for my family. I dream of giving my children the best possible education and helping my family, especially our parents."
I didn't know what to expect when I got the item but I actually liked it. I wish the pendant was heavier so it would pull on the leather cord a little bit more -- it'd lay better that way.
Amazing detail on this exquisitely beautiful piece! I love it! Thank you, Andi!
I Received my necklace and it is beautiful! Plus you sent an amazing postcard which i didnt expect! The necklace is so detailed and i just love it! ive been looking for something like this for months thank you so much :)