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Vita

Vita

Silver and gemstone jewelry in Bali and Java

"I apply the knitting techniques of the Baduy for my wire jewelry. They are a Sundanese community near my hometown, in the shadows of Mount Kendeng, and they preserve their timeless customs."

"Hello, I'm Vita from Rangkasbitung Banten, which is populated by Sundanese people and since my father is a Chinese... read more

"Hello, I'm Vita from Rangkasbitung Banten, which is populated by Sundanese people and since my father is a Chinese descendant and my mother is from Central Java, I speak Javanese, Sundanese and Chinese as well as our official language, Bahasa Indonesia.

"I come from a broken family and started working when I was seven years old, helping my family. I really like handicrafts since then, and I have tried to create many handicrafts on my own with paper, bamboo or clay. For holiday like Christmas, New Year, the Muslim Ied Fitr or Valentine's Day, me and my sisters would compete at creating greeting cards and they sold very well. I think this is the very beginning of my entrepreneurial spirit.

"Unfortunately my parents divorced when I was nine years old. I'm the first of four children so I felt I had to take care of my sisters and brother and help them have better life conditions. I became more quiet, a loner and depression afflicted my emotions as a teenage girl. Then I learned Buddhist Meditation to control my overflowing emotions and train my patience. I can't blame my parents forever for all that happened and I should even try to make them happy, especially my father.

"After graduating from high school I decided to work for a company in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. I realized I want to build my own business instead of working for a company. From there I learned to create my own jewelry by browsing the internet during my free time. After saving enough capital, I started with copper jewelry first, which I designed and crafted on my own.

"I apply the knitting techniques of the Baduy for my wire jewelry. They are a Sundanese community near my hometown, in the shadows of Mount Kendeng, and they preserve their timeless customs. They knit their clothes and make their life-long tools traditionally using natural materials. Just like the Baduy people, I use manual tools for making jewelry. Today I prefer to use sterling silver and gemstones as materials. I work with a few silversmiths who help me craft my products faster.

"I heard Novica from my best friend who lives in Bali, and by joining Novica I hope I will improve and expand my jewelry venture worldwide, so I can help my parents and family."

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