Kalahari Accoutrements

Posted on 2010/05/05

It is always great when you hear about good goods; products that inherently in concept and realization are simply just that, good.

Jewels of the Kalahari is a fair trade and sustainable accessory collection developed by London-based Gem industry specialist, Anna Haber. Several years back, Haber in conversation with British supermodel Lily Cole discovered that they both had a common passion, to help indigenous communities promoting their artisanal crafts.  Cole who had recently returned from a trip to Botswana had brought back beautiful pieces made by the Bushmen of the Kalahari. It was love at first sight for Haber, she describes the jewelry as “timeless designs-so modern and unique – it is no wonder that artists like Picasso and Klee were so inspired by the arts and crafts of Africa.”

Shortly thereafter together with Cole, they began promoting the collection. Fashion trendsetter Dover Street Market immediately fell in love with the pieces and bought the collection.

First Collection (2007)

Two years later, Haber is still working together with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, specifically with the community of Ghanzi. She continues to invest her passion and business savvy so that this meaningful and sustainable business flourishes. For this community, this project presents an opportunity to conserve and propel a rich heritage yet also brings a new means for economic self-sustainability.

The latest 15 piece collection was created in collaboration with local craftsmen and British bespoke jewelry designer, Sabine Roemer. It fuses traditional materials and rich techniques with new materials like leather, silver, velvet and satin to make a sublime collection.

This latest collection can be bought online from British fashion retailer Browns. Haber continues to promote this project continually looking for new retailers to stock the brand. She can be contacted for sales enquires as follows haberanna@hotmaildotcom

Sabine Roemer Collaboration Collection

For more information about Haber and this project: http://onefinethread.blogspot.com/

The Kalahari desert in Botswana is home to the Bushman a people that up until the last century have remained quite isolated from the rest of the world.The Bushmen’s traditional jewelries are made from Ostrich egg shells, beads, porcupine quills, wild seeds, bone, wood, leather, tortoiseshell and more. The detail work required required to shape beads from ostrich egg shells is remarkable. Colour variety is made by browning shells in a frying pan.

Detail - Handcrafted Ostrich Egg Shell Beads

[Images via One Fine Thread & Browns ]

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