that which is “small and beautiful”

Throughout the different cities and countries I have visited here in Africa, I have seen some really interesting businesses that are aimed at helping the most impoverished — the disabled, the diseased, the widows and orphans — by giving them work in the arts and crafts.  While traveling, I visited a very beautiful handmade-bead factory that hopes to aid single mothers in finding employment.  The workshop’s name in it’s native tongue means “small and beautiful.”  They mold, carve, sculpt, paint, and embellish clay beads for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  The colors and designs reflect their native land, the bright and exotic fashions, landscapes, and animals.  They sell their wares in New York, LA, and London in fancy boutiques to rich clientele that want something unique.  I was able to buys some beautiful earrings for a few dollars (I am assuming that this is not the price in London…)

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “that which is “small and beautiful”

  1. islandbridget

    Amazing. I love this blog!

  2. Janice

    I love my birthday earrings even more after reading this. It took my old eyes a while to see the gold-on-gold designs. Now they are even more intriguing as well!

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