Zulugrass is a unique and versatile type of jewellery made by the Maasai women in Kenya. Each strand contains vibrantly dyed grass combined with sparkling hand blown Czech glass beads - all threaded onto a strong elasticated thread.
The strands can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet or even a hair band and are perfect for adding a splash of colour to any outfit.
This Zulugrass set contains 3 Zulugrass strands in mixed pinks with pink, purple and clear glass beads and a porcelain heart charm in Pink which is hand crafted and finished with a lead free glaze. Easy to clip on and off the jewellery.
The jewellery is made from the sustainable resource of abundant grass that grows in Kenya. The Maasai women harvest the long grass one blade at a time, leave it to dry, then cut it into bead-size pieces and dye it.
The Massai women like to work with the freedom to come and go as their lives dictate so the work is offered in non-factory settings at "nomadic" work stations which span over 150 miles in the Rift Valley in Kenya. Each woman can choose to work when she wants to, and is paid by the piece. The Leakey Collection now provide work for more than 1,400 Maasai women during peak seasons. The project was a finalist in the BBC World Challenge ’08 awards which recognises small businesses around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass-roots level.
Founded in 2002, Katy and Philip Leakey are the owners and pioneers of the natural, African-made, sustainable jewellery called The Leakey Collection. Katy and Philip came up with the idea for Zulugrass after seeing the effect of the 2001 severe drought on the people of the Kenyan bush, where they live. They wanted to help the local community by providing work opportunities without interfering with local culture, and so came up with an idea that would utilise the traditional jewellery-making skills of the Maasai women whilst their men had to drive their few remaining cattle hundreds of miles away to search for better grazing.