The legend says that Rangi (Sky Father) and Papa (Earth Mother) were inseparable, but were eventually forced apart by their son, the God Tane. So pained were they at their separation that rain became the tears of Rangi while mists rising from the earth were the tears of Papa – a grief to last for eternity. This pendant, in the downward half circle, represents Papa, the Earth Mother and the wood is the creation of her son Tane, God of the Forest.
The necklace is approximately 10m across and comes with a contrasting knotted cord.
The Rimu wood used in this piece is a by-product of my other product manufacturing and is sourced from homes demolished following the 2010-2011 Christchurch Earthquakes. New Zealand Rimu is a beautiful red and honey coloured wood, long prized as the superior building material in this part of the world.
The Rimu chips are embedded into Super-Sap bio-resin; an eco-friendly material with a certified 40% Bio-based content. This bio-resin is produced to help you reduce your carbon footprint.
Super Sap state that “by employing green chemistry techniques that require less energy and produce less harmful byproducts, we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from production of our resins by 50% over conventional petroleum based epoxies. We replace petroleum based carbon with renewable plant-based carbon. The raw materials going into our resins are co-products or waste products of other industrially important processes. These materials do not compete with food sources or displace food-based agriculture. Using an international standard method of radio carbon dating, we verify the renewable content of the resins so you know exactly where they come from.”
You know that this pendant is produced with eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable materials and processes making it an ideal choice for any one keen to be actively environmentally conscious.