Knot & nut is a leather ring characterized by its interchangeable components, which can be replaced by items from the same or future collections, thanks to a simple bolt-on/bolt-off mechanism: a concept that makes this piece of jewellery unique and durable.
The ring is made of a hand-woven knot, a leather strap which has been created using the “marroquineria” (technique, used by leather manufacturers in Ubrique, a town in the region of Cádiz), as well as two industrially-machined nuts and bolts.
The Knot is the “gem” of the ring, but its real value lies in the way it has been woven around the inner cylinder, rather than in the materials it is made of. This age-old knotting technique can also be found in other types of craftsmanship around the world, where it is used for different purposes.
The Nut, as well as being an icon of the industrial production, plays an essential role in the project: it is the fulcrum that unites and holds together the different elements of the ring. Metaphorically, it symbolizes the connection between tradition and modernity.
Born in 1979, Sabina Vargas graduated in Industrial Design in 2010 from ISIA Florence, Italy, with a project in Marrakech about North African hand-woven rugs. In 2012 she gained a Master’s degree in Design for Cooperation and Sustainable Development from the Iuav University in Venice, and the Universities of Florence and Genoa in Italy, focusing on the interpretation of the context and values in artisan techniques in Rwanda and Morocco.
Her keen passion for weaving led her to move to Morocco, where she worked on research projects concerning textile crafts & design. She also took part in a co-development projects where she was the on-site coordinator for the Eastern Region, in the city of Oujda and the oasis of Figuig.
After her experience abroad, she decided to come back home to Andalusia, in order to work on her own brand by using a hybrid and multicultural language, a place to act as a catalyst of stimuli and ideas resulting from the interaction between African and Andalusian craftsmanship connected to her roots, to shape objects that wander freely across the boundaries between tradition and modernity, handicrafts and industry, East and West.