Flamenco Dancer Ornament
El baile flamenco (flamenco dance) is a style of dance emblematic of Spanish culture. Its emotional intensity and dramatically stylized movements are achieved by expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.
Our Flamenco dancer ornament is interpreted here in textiles and embellished with lace—and is completely handmade. She holds a folding fan above her head in the gitano flamenco style, and is providing her own percussive rhythm with castanets held in her other hand. Gitano flamenco is considered "more authentic" than classical flamenco, and is often seen in Spain at celebrations. A single red rose decorates her hair.
For over 25 years St. Nicolas has worked with a small charity in Thailand that helps disadvantaged rural women find work in their community, rather than being forced to leave home to work in a factory. Today, some 200 skilled women work at home sewing the decorations, and many of them have been doing so for more than 10 years. All of the historical figure decorations are made in this way as well as numerous other designs.
St. Nicolas is proud to be a member of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Suppliers) and supports the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, as set out by the World Fair Trade Organization.