Add a pop to your outfitŒæwith these bold chevron bangles. These vibrant piecesŒæwere featured in fashion week by Diane von Furstenburg and are a truly unique addition to any jewelry lovers collection.Œæ
- Material: Telephone wireŒæ
- Measurements:ŒæW Approx 1.5" x Inner Diameter 2.5"Œæ
- Size: One size fits all
- Colors:ŒæBlack + White
- Handmade with love byŒæZulu women of South Africa.
- As with all handcrafted goods, each is a work of art and no two are exactly the same,Œæmaking eachŒæpiece truly one of a kind.ŒæYour design will be these colors but exact patterns vary.
Bridge for Africa is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and the dignity of work in rural African communities. They pay the artists a living wage, promote sustainable development in Africa, and educate consumers in the U.S. about the benefits of Fair Trade as a method to fight poverty in the developing world. Bridge for Africa works with artisans in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu people of South Africa, who weave colorful and vibrant telephone wire jewelry.
Prior to the launch of this wire weaving project, unemployment in the region stood near 80%, with most of the local Zulu population trying to make a living on subsistence farming, government handouts, and money sent home by family members laboring as migrant workers in the cities. Today, men comprise 65% of the weaving group, which impacts 500 Zulu families. They buy the wire on credit, creating a sense of independence and accountability, then work from home at their own chosen pace. Slowly but surely, economic opportunities are transforming the community while preserving an artistic tradition. Most importantly, the telephone wire weavers gain the dignity of work and self-sufficiency with each creation they weave.