The Tonlé Earrings were inspired by the Tonlé Sap Lake in central Cambodia. For millinnea, the Tonle Sap lake and river system have been a source of abundance that has nourished a growing Cambodian population. During the Khmer Empire in 12th century BC, the Tonlé Sap, which was enriched by the freshwater flowing down from the Tibetan plateau, assured the Khmer people that they never had to worry about running out of food and water. It is because of this that the people of the ancient Khmer metropolis were free — in both mind and body — to pursue and develop artistic pursuits that included silk weaving and silversmithing, finessing a flavorsome local cuisine, as well as planning and building grand monuments like Angkor Wat. To this day, it supports approximately 3 million people and is the lifeblood of the region.
Using small brass beads & sterling silver wire, each earring is hand-fabricated in our studio in East Austin.