Saturday, February 20, 2010

Paper bead King presents THE BARKCLOTH BEAD

To bead or not to bead is simply not a question for Gateja.

We are very pleased to introduce you to the King of the Beads. He's taught the art of the Mzuri recycled paper bead to groups all over Uganda, developed the barkcloth bead, and the banana leaf bead...Furthermore, he is a fashion designer, one of Uganda's most extablished painters, and and gets commissioned for massive pieces he creates from glass beads.

...Seriously, we love this guy, he is
THE bead king.

Sanaa returned back to his homeland of Uganda in the 90’s after he established his own galleries, worked as a professional jeweller, arts manager, arts teacher, and so much more. He now lives just outside of Kampala on a scenic stretch of Ugandan soil, where he has delved deep into painting and a collection of interior decor, fashion and beads with his community art women's workshop named “Kwetu Africa”.

What makes Sanaa amazing is his talent to work with anything he gets his hands on, as you can see from the range of beads he has developed. Barkcloth is one of his favorite materials. It is made by beating sodden strips of the fibrous inner bark of trees into sheets. Alike the paper bead, it is cut into strips and rolled into form. Bellow we have pictured some barkcloth dyed, and lying out to dry. Sanaa in one of his fabulous Barkcloth jackets, and the glorious barkcloth beads themselves.

Bellow is pictured some of his BANANA LEAF, and COW HORN collection which we are pleased to have in stock.

...available for you to BUY NOW.

Sanaa has has also made the paper bead dress, and a paper bead door curtain, made from a range of recycled and natural Ugandan elements such as dyed maize (corn), and beads made from bark cloth and recycled paper Mzuribeads!....

Sanaa is one of the leading Ugandan designers working with Mzuribeads .


He also uses beads in his paintings, (and numerous large commissioned artworks for corporate and NGO buildings), not to mention the bags, belts, table mats, and so on. Bellow is a commissioned bead mural made for Golfing. It is truely magnificent.

To bead or not to bead is not a question for Sanaa, he wishes his workshop to become a bead haven.
We want to help Sanaa build his dream, and teach his creative skills and knowledge to the next generation of Ugandan artists. By buying Sanaa's fair trade, eco range of beads from OUR STORE, you are supporting him and the cooperative of women at Kwetu Africa.
Mzuribeads, Kwetu Africa is a sustainable businesses promoting environmental awareness and encourage recycling.

Please let us know if you are going to Uganda, and we can put you in touch with him (:

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

African, Handmade, Recycled Glass beads

The Papercraft workshop is just off Entebbe road about 10 km outside Kamapla. On first you are faced with quite a few dying racks for the handmade paper they craft to make notebooks, cards, and boxes. But, we went for their new feature; To see the large pile of broken glass get ready for the making of the first recycled glass beads produced in Uganda. We are Mzuribeads, producing Handmade recycled paper beads from the village of Ndejje, and in response to our customer requests, we spent the beginning of 2010 looking other handmade , recycled and fair trade, Ugandan beads.

Making the glass beads is a very delicate and difficult process. The process of heating and
moulding makes the glass beads very fragile and they often break. The Papercraft group have only began to make the glass beads as one of their products and it will take some time before the glass bead making process is entirely perfected. There are also a certain number of colours of glass beads, red for example, they cannot produce because some of the dye colours are not yet available in Uganda. But already the recycled beads they produce are amazing, and we are sure it won't be long before everyone will want more of these splendid, resourceful beads.
Check back soon to find out how they make the recycled paper, when we get their fabulous handmade cards in stock next month!
NOW you can see and buy them HERE at Mzuribeads store.

Please get in touch with any more information you might want to know about the group at Papercraft. Link to their website.

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