What is repousse?
A method of embossing metal by stamping and hammering a design from the back to produce a three-dimensional bas-relief surface on the front.
Here is an excerpt from Indian Jewelry Making by Oscar T. Branson that shows the process.
Below are some examples of the repousse technique used by Native American jewelers.
One of the most classic uses of the repousse techniques is on ketohs (bowguards).
Read more about the Fred Harvey era in my previous post.
View the slide show below to see examples of Navajo barrettes that feature repousse designs.