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Maasai Sun

Vibrant red is a colour much favoured by the Maasai people, a semi-nomadic people of Tanzania and Kenya and the dominant colour in this piece which is made from 100% cotton isishweshwe and wax fabric.  The central bead in the pendant is a found vintage ivory bead and the central tandleton is encircled with “silver” prayer beads from Ethiopia.

Maasai Sun detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact me for more information about this neck adornment.

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Serengeti

On a visit to a Zimbabwean trader, I was inspired by the discovery of some little carved bone elephants.  It is not always easy to establish the country of origin let alone the town or craftsman but he told me that they come from Nigeria and are carved from oxbone.  The combination of the apple green textile, the creamy white elephant and the handpainted Krobo beads  worked so well to create this fresh pendant necklace but there are other details that also worked well.  The green glass bead above the tassel is a Vaseline bead.  Originally these beads were produced in Bohemia (now Czechoslovakia)  between the mid 19th and early 20th centuries.  Their translucent yellow green colour was obtained by the addition of uranium salts and they are identified by placing them under ultraviolet light which makes them glow.

I have used Ethiopian “silver” bicones, green paper beads from Zimbabwe, and green recycled glass beads from Ghana to complete this piece.

Please email me if you’d like further information about this piece.