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Namibian Roll Necklace

$ 80.00

This elegant Namibian Roll necklace represents modern tribal beauty of the Namibian people. It features five separate strands of ostrich egg beads rolled together to form a single piece. Namibian Roll necklace is stunning worn with the Namibian Roll bracelet as a set. Ostrich eggshell beads are a 40 000 year old tradition made by the original hunter gathers of southern Africa. The items are worn for cultural festivals but more often to support livelihoods of the artists and their families.

Ostrich eggshell shards are sourced from commercial ostrich farms. Shards are first broken into small pieces. Each shard is then individually shaped into a round bead using a small piece of metal. A hole is drilled by hand as the artist twirls a stick with a needle at the end. The rough beads are threaded onto synthetic string and smoothed with a grinding stone or on a piece of leather.

Measure 18.5 inches from button to clasp.

"Ostrich eggshell beads are the most important source of income in our communities." -Tashia Shalumbu of Omba Arts Trust, Namibia

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