Francisco Mena Palacios, Colombian Filigree Jewelry Craftsman

Colombia program participant Francisco Mena Palacios is a filigree jewelry craftsman from Quibdó (in the country’s Pacific region). 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.

This video shows Francisco in his shop in Colombia, where the curatorial team visited him last year.

Video produced by Cristina Dia-Carrera, Charles Weber, and Olivia Cadaval. Edited by Michael Headley. Story by Jessie Vallejo and Carolina Restrepo.

  • Sonda T. Allen

    I loved seeing this man’s work at this years folk festival. I just wish I could go to Colombia and study filigree in his work shop. Thanks so much for bringing this art state side