The African Beaded Necklace is a gorgeous, intricate piece of art work. Made by designers at the inspirational Fair Trade work shop; Zakale Creations. See our Zakale tab for more about their story.
Rich in colour and textures the beads used are a mix of hand made African beads and glass beads.
Each necklace is a unique work of art as different beads are chosen by the designer to create individual pieces.
This necklace is not only a thing of beauty, the making and selling of it has has a direct positive impact on peoples' lives.
Handcrafted in Kenya.
In 2001 John set up Zakale Creations, which is a Project located in Huruma, part of Mathare slum, Nairobi. The slum population is approx. 8,000 with a very high unemployment rate (approximately 80%).
The people who live here have many challenges, such as: poor housing, lack of basic facilities, including water and roads; and lack of even rudimentary education. John was brought up in this slum and still lives locally.
Within the community he is active on a number of local committees, including football training, traditional dance, garbage collection and security services.
Zakale is making a difference. Already more than ten people trained at Zakale are now independent craftsmen and women, making and selling their wares at local markets.
It is a highly organised workshop and is very creative. John has trained various team members to manage responsibilities and now has : Workshop Manager / Sales manager / Designer (Wire) / Giriama Bead Specialist / Bead Earrings Specialist.
This workshop is improved year on year. It has been extended, re fitted and now has internet connection. It also has new machines and is a very nice working environment, maintained perfectly both inside and out.
Length: 27 cm
Made in Kenya
Made from a mixture of handmade West African & glass beads with recycled wire connections & fastening.