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South African Beaded Enamelware Mug

$24.00

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SKU: S- 131337

Have a mug full of happiness! Hand-beaded by women in South Africa using bold and intricate patterns, this mug is a one-of-a-kind addition to your home. The bead-work is made and then sewn over the mug, creating a gorgeously textured and radiant piece that supports artisans overseas.

  • Enamel-plated metal
  • Not food safe; for decoration only
  • Hand wash only
  • 3" H x 3.5" W (7.6 x 8.8cm)
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from South Africa

Due to the handmade nature of this item, patterns and colors may vary. For decorative purposes only, beading is not food safe.

Gone Rural Safari Curios has over 80 women making bead and telephone wire crafts in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Most are the primary breadwinners in their families. Typically, the women support around ten people. Gone Rural Safari Curios uses traditional skills to produce exquisite contemporary Zulu beadwork, including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and mugs.

Glass beads were first used as trading commodities centuries ago in intra-African trade. They are an integral part of the Zulu culture. Gone Rural Safari Curios takes pride on the quality of their work and its uniqueness and the particular color combinations used. Gone Rural Safari Curios continues to help, develop and empower women in rural areas, who otherwise would have no means of earning a living other than from social grants.

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