BEADED UNIQUE PENDANT LIGHTING & MIRRORS

The intersection of African beading history and tradition with a modern edge.

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    BEADED UNIQUE PENDANT LIGHTING & MIRRORS

    This contemporary collection of beaded mirrors and unique pendant lighting showcases the intricacies of beadworking, a craft that has been refined in South Africa over centuries. Each piece is handcrafted from small glass beads that are woven together. First practiced by the San and Khoi people in South Africa, beadworking has been an intrinsic part of the country's design traditions for centuries. During the early years, it was used to create meaningful ornaments for clothing and jewelry but now has blossomed into modern home decor items that are functional and beautiful. The unique pendant lighting fixtures are made by hand by minority entrepreneurs and small design businesses. Curious about the possibilities, 54kibo collaborated with designer Elsa Mehary along with expert Ndebele beadsmiths to create this collection of unique pendant lighting and beaded mirrors. Using her foundation in creative direction and graphic design for global lifestyle and fashion magazines, as well as leveraging her understanding of how to work with artisans and minority entrepreneurs in various African countries, Elsa worked closely with the 54kibo team to ensure the collection offers a contemporary perspective on centuries of beadwork tradition. The collection is beautifully executed using modern interpretations of traditional beadwork craftsmanship and concepts in eye-catching colors.