Monday, April 28, 2014

Deep "Seeded" Tradition

Above, a vendor in Matopos National Park
shows off a seed pod from the mahogany tree.

Would you be shocked to learn that there is not one bead in the picture above? Seeds are everywhere in Africa, and they aren’t just used for planting.  These colorful beauties are shucked out of seed pods by the thousands before being plied through with needles and string to make necklaces and bracelets for the masses… a gorgeous and long-held tradition.

 Here our friend Lucy chooses some fantastic souvenirs for her friends back in Boston.