CUSTOM & HANDCRAFTED
Circle A Chainmail designs, create and sell handmade & custom jewelries and accessories. Our workshop is located in Tiohtiá: ke (Montreal).
We believe in autonomy, education, independance and revolt as vectors of emancipation.
We are fueled by creating jewelry that makes people feel confident, free, unique and powerful.
CIRCLE A CHAINMAIL
WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE
THAT WE ARE BASED
ON A UNCEDED INDIGENOUS TERRITORY.
Circle A Chainmail is located on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. The island known as Tiohtia:ke, in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka (also known by its colonial name, ‘Montreal’), has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Omàmiwininì or Algonquin people.
As a jewelry producer that centers social justice, Circle A Chainmail feels it’s crucial to be informed on the past and ongoing consequences of colonialism. To merely acknowledge this is just the first step in undoing years of colonial violence against indigenous peoples and their sovereignty.
From here it is important to unlearn colonial practices and mindsets so that we may show true solidarity and resistance against the colonial state.
It goes without saying that Circle A Chainmail is built on values that are clear to it: antifascism, anti-capitalism, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, ecology, feminism and the defense of the rights of the people that identifies as
* LGBT2QQIAAP ** (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, pansexual).
We think we all have a social responsability and our activities and decisions are based on the willingness to collaborate for the well-being of the community.
This is why every steps of the process, from the design, material, creation, all the way to the shipping of the product, is consciously made to respect and honor our values, which are based on social justice, freedom and equality. This also include the accessibility of the products, and the working conditions.
Plus, everything that is used for the packaging is environmentally friendly and compostable.
This adventure began when, faced with the lack of chainmail jewelry at affordable prices in Canada, the designer decided to learn the technique on her own in order to create her own jewelry.
Alone with hundreds of jump rings, pliers and an explanatory book on the different weaves, she has developed a talent and a passion that have left many surprised. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly allowed more time to be devoted to this new hobby. And then, gradually, she created more and more pieces for herself, her friends, her community, in addition to participating in various fundraisers for social and political causes with the sale of jewelry.
The demand was there, the passion too. So she decided to go for it. Through various social networks, a store on the Etsy platform and its own online store, Circle A Chainmail aims to sell quality and original jewelry and accessories, while being offered at affordable prices for all.
ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE
Circle A Chainmail wants to offer personalized products that fit all budgets. Chainmail jewelry can be retailed at very high prices that are not always accessible for everyone. If you would like to buy a product, but the price is not affordable for you, please fill the form below, and it will be a pleasure to look at different options to make it fit in your budget!
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