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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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A Thousand Smiles Textile Necklace

african baroque unique handcrafted textile necklace
If you’re looking for an accessory that will really get you noticed then this handcrafted African textile necklace is the one for you.

The triple strands are covered in three different “Africa Print” cotton textile and the entire piece adorned with some really fabulous handmade African beads.  The many colours in these textiles work well with a boho look but you can also easily create a striking and sophisticated evening look.

The brass mask is made in Ghana by members of the Baule people of the artistic Akan tribe.  This tribe resisted French colonization longer than other West African people, and maintained their traditional objects and beliefs longer than others did.  The origin of the name Baule is from the word “Baouli” which means “the child has died”.  As legend has it, Queen Abla Polu broke away from the Ashanti king and led her people west where she had to sacrifice her own son in order to cross the river.

And despite it’s size it is really comfortable to wear and surprisingly light.

If you’d like to know more about this piece please contact me via my contact page