Homa, the new collection by Janja Prokić, the artist and jewellery designer, is flying on bird wings across the Arafura Sea to Papua New Guinea. It is inspired by the culture, myths and unique natural heritage of the island, the only place in the world inhabited by the birds of paradise. These heavenly fragile creatures and their feathers symbolise untouchability and protection from above in their basal essence, in their beauty, which impresses by its depth and shields against the evil. As in other collections of the distinctive author, tradition and rituals are significant. Tribal ritual masks from Papua New Guinea were a source of inspiration for the designs.
The eye is another symbol. It is a protection from evil spirits and refers to old rituals of the inhabitants of this land. Between heaven and earth, through the crowns of trees and flying of birds, in the quiet haze of ancient forests, both symbols connect. The texture of bird wings forms the eye. Moreover, the stones used in the collection are of the real colours of the wings of those unique creatures.
Untouchable as earth angels, Whirling in the heart,
We fly over your heads,
Protecting the mind from above.
We are the birds of paradise.
We are children swirling the heavens Under the eye of the sun.
We are eternal,
In the legend of love.
We are the birds of paradise,
Waving our pinions,
For the eyes on our wings protect themselves. Vibrant feathers twirl in the crown of the tree As images in the eyes
Of what it is to be.
Through the haze among boughs,
Across the heavens we carry our song.
We dance with the joy of life
And faith in love.
We sing about the strength of the soul, Protection from dark powers,
Which have caged themselves Instead of us.
Waving off fear and anxiety. We are angels in the haze, Free in the mind.
Bound to freedom, Forever we stay.