Materials Care & Content

Our jewelry and accessories are hand crafted from locally sourced fabrics and materials native to Rwanda.  Although we do our best to publish accurate measurements and colour representations, the nature of hand made objects is that there can be slight differences.  Minor imperfections such as slub yarns in fabrics, slight dye colour variances in sisal, and some shape inconsistencies in some beads may also be present.

 

 

African Motif 100% Wax Print Cotton

Most African print fabrics available in Rwanda originate in China and are purchased as bolt ends.  What this really means is that there is limited access to consistency of designs and colours as well as supply.  This can be both good and bad.  Once a specific fabric is used, it is unlikely that this exact same design and colour combination will be available again.  Items created from these fabrics are always going to be a limited edition.

Care Instructions:  clothing and bags made from cotton are to be washed in cold water separately (either by hand or on delicate) and hang to dry  

Recycled Hand Rolled Paper Beads

The process of making these beads is very labour intensive and time consuming.  They go through many steps before they are ready to be strung into jewelry etc.  First, long strips of old calendars are cut into different widths and lengths (which ultimately determines the size and shape of the finished bead).  The strips are then rolled tightly and finished with a dollop of glue to hold the bead together.  Once the glue has dried, they are either painted or left as is.  After the paint has dried, a coat of varnish is applied and then hung to dry.   More coats of varnish will yield a higher gloss finish.  Once all beads are dry, they are ready to be made into jewelry.

Care Instructions:  Do not get wet and hang items to prevent tangling  

Sisal

Sisal are the fibres found inside the leaves of the agave plant. The leaves are cut from the plants and stripped until the inner fibres are revealed.  The fibres are then separated from the pulp, given a water bath and hung to dry.  Sisal can be purchased both in its natural state or dyed from local markets all over Rwanda.

Care Instruction:  keep dyed sisal away from water or other liquids, the colours might bleed into one another and fade  

Banana Leaf

Local cooperatives in Rwanda are set up specifically to prepare banana leaves for distribution in local markets.  The leaves are picked, stripped, cleaned and then bundled into packages for sale.  Before the leaves are ready to use in making crafts, they must be soaked and excess water is wiped away.  This makes the leaves pliable and easier to manipulate and weave.

Care Instructions:  banana leaf is a very strong durable fibre.  Items made from banana leaf will be quite stiff and over time will soften and become more flexible.  Banana leaf is highly flamable and must be kept away from open flames.  It can also be susceptible to water damage if submerged for any length of time.  If it does happen to get wet, pat it dry and shape it how you would like it to dry.  For example, a bracelet, you would want to let it dry closed to retain its circular shape.