Paper Bead Tassel Mala Necklace
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These gorgeous and fashionable mala tassel necklaces are made using the traditional Ugandan craft of paper bead making. Passed down from mother to child, this art form is well known, though few people have the opportunity to make an income and provide for their families from paper bead jewellery.
HOW THEY ARE MADE
Our wonderful partners Grace & Able work directly with the artisans who create these lovely pieces, collaborating with them on modern styling and designs and coaching them on profitable business strategies through a fair trade program. These particular necklaces are made by Susan. Although Susan grew up with her parents, her family was large and they weren't able to support her in continuing with her schooling. When she grew up, she sadly married a man who became an alcoholic. After many unhappy years he abandoned her, leaving her with five children to support. Susan relies on her income from jewellery making to pay school fees, rent and food for her beautiful family. Creating these gorgeous necklaces enables Susan to earn a decent living and create a different future for her children.