Bright and beautiful, these earrings are handmade by and fairly-traded from Zulu women in the rural area outside Durban, South Africa. The women's bead art provides steady income and employment within the community, as well as an opportunity to pass their traditional skills on to future generations, protecting and promoting South African cultural integrity.
- Glass beads, thread, & metal
- French hook
- 2.25" H x 1.5" W (5.7 x 3.8 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from South Africa
Made by: Gone Rural Safari Curios
Gone Rural Safari Curios has over 80 women making bead and telephone wire crafts in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Most are the primary breadwinners in their families. Typically, the women support around ten people.
Gone Rural Safari Curios uses traditional skills to produce exquisite contemporary Zulu beadwork, including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and mugs. Glass beads were first used as trading commodities centuries ago in intra-African trade. They are an integral part of the Zulu culture. Gone Rural Safari Curios takes pride on the quality of their work and its uniqueness and the particular color combinations used.
Gone Rural Safari Curios continues to help, develop and empower women in rural areas, who otherwise would have no means of earning a living other than from social grants.