Hand jewelry looks back on a long tradition: rings, necklaces, bracelets, henna paintings, bangles, … Hath Panja (“hath” means hand, “panja” means five) is the back of the hand jewelry of Indian women and sends – like all jewelry – a message about his/ her wearer on status, taste or affiliation. In the Orient, the bracelet was given as a trousseau or served as a mark of the women offered at the slave market.
Petra Stelzmüller pickes up the ambivalent history of this jewelry on the back of the hand and dares to reinterpret the material and the meaning. The ambivalence is expressed in the pompous link chains, which are held by delicate rings, and is reflected both in the choice of materials and in the puristic color combination of matt and polished yellow gold and rose gold. The name “Designslave” is deliberately chosen provocatively and alludes to our “affinity” to status symbols, brands and designs.
The “Designslave” bracelet is a unisex piece of jewelry for strong personalities who have a penchant for exclusivity and are not afraid to make an ironic commitment to their dependence on design – addicted to design.