Pineapples have a complicated history in American and Newport culture. This intricately-crafted, handmade ornament welcomes guests to your home and is a connection to Newport’s colonial past. At NRF, we use pineapples to also represent Doris Duke's love of her Hawaiian home, Shangri-La.
About St. Nicolas:
Based in London, all products are designed in-house and made by hand. For over twenty-five years, the company has worked with a charity in Thailand that helps woman find work in their community. Today, some 300 skilled women work at home sewing decorations for the ornaments. The traditional Indian method of zari embroidery is also used. Zari—meaning gold—originated in the Surat district of Gujarat in the 16th century and is a weaving technique that historically used precious metal wires and jewels as embellishment, and is a skilled craft which has been handed down from generation to generation.