Beads are an integral part of the African history and culture.They were used as a status symbol,adornment and gift.
These attractive beads are made of plastic and glass that the Maasai obtained from other communities through trade. Before that the Maasai used wood,iron, seeds and shells as materials to make their traditional ornaments. Making jewelry is done specifically by women and it’s considered their duty to learn bead work. In the pastoral communities beaded necklaces were used to indicate the status of one in society.A young unmarried Samburu lady would wear a series of beaded necklaces, which have been given to her as gifts.These beaded necklaces would make her desirable thus securing a marriage proposal. Amongst the Kikuyu a circumcised man would wear a beaded belt known as Kenyatta until he became an elder.In South Africa the Zulu used specific color of the beads to convey a message to their suitor.
They are a major feature during many traditional festivals during which devotees and participants decorate their bodies with beads of different shapes, colours and sizes. Glass Beads were also one of the products traded, in exchange for humans between Europeans and West Africans in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade era. Later beads signified royalty and distinguished a royal father from his subjects, chieftain title holders and other monarchs always wore beads.Glass beads in Africa are mostly made by the Bida of Nigeria, Krobo of Ghana and Baoule of Cote d’Ivoire.
Cowrie shells are valued for their durability and aesthetics.They were once used as burial offerings and symbolize fertility.
It is believed that cowrie shells were the first currency used by mankind. In Ancient Africa they represented wealth and were traded for food,goods and services. They were mostly sourced from India.Nowadays they are used in ornaments and numerous decorations.
In case you missed out on our great Afrocentric handmade accessories to pimp your every day look.
Capture the beauty and vitality of a summer garden with this gorgeous beaded ethnic bracelet. Pair it with your office outfit for extra glam. Feel free to inquire for size details.
Adorn your hair with Lukagwa’s attractive collection of handmade African hair accessories. They do the job while making you look sophisticated and elegant.
Each Brass ring features a one of a kind look designed to resonate with its owner’s personality.
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Love is in the air and we have unique, one of a kind timeless gifts for your loved ones.The Afrocentric brass hair clips are a symbol of human ingenuity that incorporates both ancient African jewelry making processes and contemporary elements to it.
The brass and bead rings are outright cool. They carry a degree of sophistication and authenticity that is unmatched. Suitable for any occasion.Lukagwa bracelets and earrings are elegant, perfectly fitting alternative to those who do not prefer necklaces. The bracelets come with an adjustable ring and dimensions are available upon request.Head on over to the Etsy Shop to get a gift set for your loved one, great prices too!!
This week we showcased fall friendly looks with a professional suit dress paired with a layered African necklace for Monday. An orange beaded necklace stayed true to the spirit of October for Love Wednesdays, a perfect gift for your loved one and wrapped up the week with a choker beaded necklace that is perfect for a baby bump or a maternity gift for your friend. We also send our love to our customer Denise Gordon, thank you for your purchase.
You can wear African Jewelry in different styles and seasons.