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Ocean Queen

textile necklace

If you want to stand out amidst the trendy then this textile choker is the perfect choice.

Six sturdy strands of wax fabric create a sculptural statement in terms of scale and concept.  I’ve been inspired by the neck adornments of  Africa (idzila) and Northern Thailand where neck elongation is or was practiced.   In some of these cultures, a long neck is seen as the ideal of beauty. In others it is seen as a sign of wealth, social status, and personal pride.

It’s a bold and powerful statement piece that holds it’s dramatic form but is also easy to wear as it is light despite its appearance and unlike the real idzila which are very heavy being made of metal!

Wonderful and globally recognised South African artist Esther Mhlangu still wears idzila rings and this website has fabulous images of her by Trevor Stuurman as well as a short video and beautifully presented information about the fascinating Ndebele culture.