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Nasimiyu’s Jewelery reminds us of our ancestral spirits and connects us to our universal nature. In remembering and honoring our cultural traditions the jewelry and beads convey that we are never alone. They give us security, continuous comfort, and strength in the spirit of oneness with the universal all. Working with beads is re-combining the spirits and souls of the ancestors and the wearer’s innermost feelings, by recycling their past and present using recycled strings from the car tires.
Each piece is one of a kind, inspired and created by Nasimiyu, using African trade beads as well as other beads. The result is a work of art that carries with it a rich, historical culture and personal story, showing that the magical beauty of the whole is so much more than the parts from which it is made. The art is like the African sense of community where it is clear that “We is always more than me”.
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Beads can be seen not only in the familiar forms of necklaces, bracelets, belts and earrings, but also on anklets, handbags, headbands, and headdresses. Beadwork is used in West Africa on altar mantels, garments for royal statues, and coverings for kingly stools. In ancient Asia beads were scattered like seeds beneath temples to induce bountiful harvests. Among the Kogi of Columbia beads are part of the ritual offerings to insure the future of newly built houses. In the Philippines the practice of placing two beads in a cup at wedding ceremonies still binds marriage. Beads are worn to communicate stature almost everywhere, and in North America were even used to cement political alliances.
The ways in which beads are used help define a particular group concept of beauty.
Both the selection of individual beads and the combinations and assemblies are informative. In some societies beauty can be rewarded by beads. An attractive East African Maasai woman will be courted with beads and the accumulation of beads itself will enhance her beauty.