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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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Textile necklace, textile jewelry,

 

Masses of vibrant tandletons make up this asymetrical adornment – a piece that’s guaranteed to make a huge statement and looks stunning day or night!

(left)Some of the textiles used here include a lovely wax fabric bought in Zambia, a bit of old sari silk, some raw silk and isiShweshwe.

 

(right) The top of the necklace (back of the neck) features a beautiful double tandleton, delicately embroidered with metallic thread.

 

 

It is not only the colour combination that makes this piece so exciting but also the irregular scattered feel of the tandeltons.

This is a large piece but one of the most comfortable pieces to wear as it is exceptionally light.  Just pop it over your head and you’re ready to go.

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