Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Maasai fiber artists: The Leakey collection


You might remember the Zulugrass jewelry that I was fortunate enough to be able to offer in a giveaway back in March.  Well, the Leakey Collection has another fabulous jewelry style that they thought you might be interested in learning about: a fiber necklace called The Coir.  

The Coir (compressed coconut fiber) chain necklace is approximately 36" in length. This lovely piece alternates with cross sections of Coir wood and coconut chain. The intricate chain is woven ONE LINK at a time by hand using coconut fiber. This unique chain, a fading art, is all natural. (Images attached) The Leakey Collection founded in 2002 by Katy and Philip Leakey. Their work includes the design and manufacture of contemporary jewelry that is hand made by the Maasai women and men of Kenya from environmentally sustainable materials.



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1 comment:

Eileen Bergen said...

The "chain" is amazing. This is an art form that needs to be preserved. Your posts help educate us about such dying arts.

Thank you, Cyndi.

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