THE MAMULI | an artegia collection
Our Mamuli necklaces are powerful ornaments that can be worn by men or women. The extraordinary and hand-crafted pendant is called a ‘Mamuli’, originating from the Indonesian island Sumba. As part of the traditional ‘Marapu’ belief, an ancestral animistic belief that is mainly practiced in Sumba, the Mamuli plays an essential role. In the past, the Mamuli were part of the sacred heirlooms of the wealthy royal families of the Sumbanese clans.
The Mamuli is a symbol of unity between men and women. The omega shape of the Mamuli consists of two parts, the feminine center part and the masculine exterior part. The feminine center part represents literally the womb of a female and thus symbolizes fertility and the power of women. The masculine exterior part is often expressed in animal- and warrior ornaments and exemplifies wealth and the power of men.
The Mamuli can be worn as pendants or earrings, by men or women. Men wear a mamuli as an expression and appreciation and respect to women.