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Textile Necklace “Tattoo”

There’s an energy in this textile necklace that adds “impression” to any look you can possibly conceive.  The authenticity of materials translates into something powerful despite the relative simplicity of the piece.

The centrally placed carved bone bead is happy vintage rescue.  The four tear shaped beads are authenti glass trade beads from a Malian wedding necklace which are fairly hard to come by.  These beads were made in Bohemia (now Czekoslavakia) and can be identified partly through the signs of “wear and tear” but also the way the bead was pressed – a technological advancement of the era.

The silver beads are Ethiopian handmade silver beads.  These are all made from recycled objects such as pots, pans and bullet casings.  The bullet casings, remnants from many wars, are gathered by farmers and from there go to beadmakers who melt them down and refashion them as beads.

I’ve used Vlisco 100% cotton wax fabric for this piece.

Light and easy to wear – in fact it’s easy to forget you’re wearing it!  Just slip it over you’re head and you’re ready to take on the world!!

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Sweet Naartjie

I was going to call this necklace “Sweet Clementine” which has a rather more poetic feel to it, but naartjie is the South African word for this sweet and juicy winter fruit.

Two things really excite me about the piece.

The orange glass beads are very difficult to find.  They are Ghanaian recycled glass beads and have that typical matt finish.  It is, of course, when you hold them up to the light that all glass beads have that magical luminosity and these are no exception.  They look so fresh and juicy – hence the name.

The other excitement arises from the fact that this fabric is the real Dutch Vlisco wax fabric.  Their designs and colours are fantastic – it’s worth taking a look at their website.

This necklace can be worn as a choker or slightly longer as you tie it with the rather punchy orange velvet ribbon.

It looks absolutely gorgeous on!

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