Meet the artist
Omar Monroy is a Trans- nonbinary Oaxacan immigrant and artist of Ñuu'savi descent. They use EL Techichi as a creative medium to honor their heritage and craft unique jewels. By blending traditional and contemporary materials, they draw inspiration from Mexico's rich ecosystems and Ñuu'savi artistry, infusing their creations with a distinctive NYC flair.
Born in Iztapalapa, Mexico, and raised on Ñuu'savi Land in La Ciudad Heroica Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca. Omar was brought to the “US” by their mother in 1999 to Ontario, California, which resides on Kizh Land.
El Techichi is a love letter to a young brown child who used to play makeshift cars with Mary-Kay boxes and who loved to use their imagination, their creativity and would love how the femme people in their life adored themselves. It is also a love letter to Rue the Chihuahua, whose ancient magic was the catalyst for this whole adventure.
El Techichi Jewelry is created with the intention of being maximalist and gender neutral. A big belief of mine is that we create opulence and adornment to set a status and to make us feel closer to our deities. It had nothing to do with gender, so why limit ourselves by gender constructs forced on us by colonizers?
Today, they call Lenapehoking ( Lower East Side in NYC) home, where they live with their partner, Adam and their beloved Chihuahua Rue.
It was after I adopted my Chihuahua that I began to yearn for reconnection with my culture. Rue the Chihuahua is my sacred Chichi, because I feel like she came into my life to guide me on this journey. So I thought why not pay homage to her and her ancestor by having everyone know who they were?
Her ancestral magic has made me feel so proud to be who I am, its the least i can do!
Techichi en el Museo Nacional de Antropología, Ciudad de Mexico
How we source materials.
From the beginning of my jewelry journey, I had been obsessed with vintage costume and handmade jewelry. I frequent thrift stores and flea markets and notice the piles of old jewelry components that have been saved from warehouses and broken necklaces. I thought to myself "this is how I can do my part," I decided to buy some old jewelry take it apart and make something new and unique out of it.
I buy dead stock stones and beads, materials people who no longer make jewelry are trying to get rid of. Some buy so much of one material and then stop making jewelry, so why buy more new items when I can use what has already been taken. If a new material is used, it's bought locally from small shops in the US.