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.
ONE OF A KIND--FROM NASIMIYU DESIGNS .
BANTU BASKETS .
Nasimiyu was born into weaving at the young age of 7 years old. Weaving, Beading, and Pottery was the only part of my womanhood growing up in Bungoma, a village in the western part of Kenya. Enjoy traditional tribal Bantu baskets of color texture design, functional in all seasons.
Sturdy and practical, the basket can be used as you desire both indoors and outside. The baskets are handwoven from straw and reed which grow in the wild, and goes through six stages before the basket is born. The straw/reed is first plucked, then dried, split, twisted , and dyed using natural dyes, and finally woven. This process takes 6-10 hours depending on design, pattern and shape.
RESHAPING THE BASKET
To reshape the basket, place under running water, rain, or hose until it's good and wet. Let the water soak in for at least one minute, shake off the excess water, and mold the basket to your desired shape. Allow to dry naturally. This process will not harm either the basket or the leather handles. Neither will the dyes fade.
FROM NASIMIYU DESIGNS WITH LOVE