3-Strand Bead Necklace - Handmade in Kenya
The beauty of this necklace is in the randomness of beads it contains. Using black glass beads and silver metal Giriama bead spacers to provide consistency, the artisans of Zakale Jewelry who live and work in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, string three cascading strands of beads that include colorful glass, wood, antique, seed, stone, and paper beads. No two are alike but all are beautiful.
- Handmade silver hook and eye closure
- Longest strand hangs 30 cm from hook
- Open necklace is 54 cm long.
- Artisans are members of Zakale, a fair trade project that trains young people in the art of jewelry making
About the Artisan
Working with Jedando Modern Handicrafts the young men and women of Zakale Jewelry produce handmade fair trade fashion jewelry using the skills of wire work and electroplating. The project first started as a garbage collection project in the slums of Nairobi. Recycling remains very close to the heart of the project and much of the material used is reclaimed or recycled, including the cord found inside of tires, which is used to string beads.