Handmade Beaded Ornaments

$12.00

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Handcrafted by Zimbabwean refugees, these shimmering ornaments are created from wire and glass beads. Your home will dazzle with the traditional African art form of bead and wirecrafting, and the story behind the decorations is sure to delight, too.

Vary in size and color due to the unique nature of the beadwork.

Beaded and shaped by hand in South Africa

About The Artisans

As refugees in South Africa, Gugulethu Mapuranga, her husband Shakespear, and some of their friends and family started GuguCrafters after realizing that the craft sector in South Africa could provide a much-needed sustainable income. The artisans honed their skills and designed unique jewelry items and other products from discarded materials.

While hoping they had found safe haven from the turmoil and economic collapse in Zimbabwe, the group found itself the victim to xenophobic attacks, and their small shop was burned in 2008. However, after two months, the group was able to purchase new tools and materials and again begin making jewelry from their homes in Cape Town.

Gugulethu Mapuranga and her husband Shakespear have honed their skills and designed unique jewelry items and other products from discarded materials.

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