HOMAGE TO the HOOP
ANYA HAUS, a collective of women who create and wear jewelry, wants to celebrate, honor, and offer their versions of a design that has existed for more than 2000 years. Hoop earrings originated in Africa and date back to Nubia, a civilization that existed in the fourth century in what is now Sudan. Both women and men wore hoop earrings. They were seen as something that enhanced beauty and sexuality, and this is also true today. The beauty of a hoop earring lies in its simplicity and timeless design. This jewelry form has endured as a simple wire circle for centuries, but it has also provided a blank canvas, a space to evolve across many times and cultures. The hoop is one of the easiest pieces of jewelry to commit to, fits many women and men, and because of this, it is a democratic design. Today, many women of color feel a strong connection to hoop earrings as symbols of resistance, strength, and identity. How powerful that this simple, ancient jewelry form can have such contemporary significance! ANYA Haus respectfully pays tribute to all cultural and historical facets of this timeless design by sharing its 2018 interpretations with ALL PEOPLE.