Colombia

Participant Portfolios / Pacific Rainforest

Francisco Mena Palacios

filigree jewelry craftsman, Quibdó

Francisco has been a filigree goldsmith for over thirty years. He learned his craft from his father, starting off as a messenger and errand boy. He now has his own shop where he works with other local jewelers. He specializes in earrings, rings, necklaces, and customized designs

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Francisco Mena Palacios
Francisco Mena Palacios

Francisco Mena Palacios flattens the metal he uses in his filigree work. Photo by Walter Larrimore, Smithsonian Insitution