Sterling Silver Hopi Overlay Flute Player Design Bolo Tie by Hopi Artist, Lawrence Saufkie. Traditional bolo loops are used on the reverse to secure the bolo to the leather.
Lawrence and Griselda Saufkie were important to the growth of Hopi American Indian Overlay jewelry. They traveled the world talking about Hopi and Hopi Jewelry. It was Lawrence’s father, Paul Saufkie and Fred Kaboutie, who began this new (new in the 1930’s) jewelry style and taught it to Hopi Silversmiths and GI’s returning after WWII. Lawrence was a major proponent of Hopi Overlay, an extraordinary silversmith and a mentor to many of today’s top silversmiths. Wilmer Saufkie, Lawrence’s son, was a talented silversmith in his own right. Hopi jewelry is handmade. The designs are usually made with one continuous cut of a very fine saw blade… that sawed layer of silver is then soldered to the silver sheet below…. which is usually incised.