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I almost ran over innocent pedestrians today as I stopped my car to ask a gorgeous young lady where she got her earrings, I had seen them in an online picture and have coveted them ever since, the red fabric wrapped gems remind me of Fulani earrings. I had to have them, paid, ordered and on their way to me! If I have inspired you buy here.

£12.50

Beautiful creative jewelry

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I have not updated my blogs for a while, however my midlife crisis is firmly in the past so I am moving forward in leaps and bounds!!

Whilst chatting to a girlfriend we got on to the topic of African fabrics and designs and like me she is waiting to lose weight to get some things custom made, I have decided the time is now, no time like the present! She sent me a handful of links some I was already familiar with, but there was one that caught my eye..

AFRICAN STYLE IS ETERNAL   …Amen!

I am going to get heaps of inspiration from this site.

Mega online fashion store  Shopbop.com have a beautiful selection of accessiories crafted by Rwandan women “Zuba Africa“, they are fairly expensive, I wonder how much goes into the pockets of the talented Rwandan women, some one did raise this concern on their blog, and I believe they responded.

Bag $38.00

Multi Stranded Necklace $198.00

Fulani Earring

 

 

 

I have spent a good amount of time in West Africa, home to the Fulani a tall graceful nomadic people, but to date have not met a Fulani person, I have met various people who are part Fulani, myself included, when I was younger I imagined them to be mythical nomads who mastered the art of invisibility, a trait I so desired, but no amount of prayer or wishing enabled me to disappear. The real truth is I have not travelled far or wide enough within the region to meet any Fulani hopefully one day I will.

I was a little disapointed with my search on Fulani history , a brief history can be found here.

I saw a girlfriend wearing a pair of gorgeous earrings which looked as if the were made of solid yellow gold, I did not get round to asking where she bought them probably bcause they looked out of my price range. I came across these little beauties online and was delighted to know, they are of West African origin and are called Fulani Earrings. They are currently made by Mali Artisans out of thinly hammered bronze but were traditionally made out of gold and could be quite heavy, so the ear post were wrapped in red twine, I dont know how this helped the wearer manage the weight .

Get yours here, here or here! I am still waiting to get mine.