Coming from a family with a background in fine jewellery and beading, Merriam Batara handcrafts accessories focused on meticulous bead embroidery techniques and slow design, incorporating gemstones and unconventional materials.
Merriam has translated her talent in beading into intricate pieces that demonstrate a keen eye for details and a flair for bold statements. As she painstakingly threads her jewellery - her tassels take at least eight hours to put together - Merriam manifests the care and passion of a true artist and artisan.
Her boho-luxe tasselled earrings are already a signature of the brand, Batara’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection takes a decidedly fresh turn. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the Philippines, the earrings, cuffs, and other jewellery in this collection are made with a mix of freshwater pearls, gold-dipped shells and metal hardware, gemstones, woven indigenous fabrics, chains and glass beads that all come together through beading, hand-embroidery and wirework.