Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kwanzaa Quandry?

"Zulugrass" beaded necklaces are thoughtful and versatile gifts for this or any occasion.

The Maasai of Kenya are a proud and pastoral people, recognizable for their grace, height, colorful clothing, and excellent bead work. A devastating drought that ended in 2001 has taken the men far afield to graze their cattle, leaving women near ancestral homes to tend to family. With help from rural neighbors Philip and Katy Leakey, the Maasai women now craft beads from grasses they harvest, dry, cut, and dye. These are strung with brilliant Czech glass beads for a modern twist.

In pondering which principles of Kwanzaa these Zulugrass necklaces best represent, we began to think they embodied them all: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, Faith.

Each delicate and unique strand is $12.

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