Dabangalicious’ tales of bead bonding

I met Angela, CEO of Mushana at AFWNY (African Fashion Week New York)  where our ‘jools” were being used to accessorize models for African designers Korto Momolu, Nadir Tati, Felix Amaman, and others.

We decided to collaborate post show and Angela introduced me to “bead bonding” and I haven’t looked back since.

Beads and other items are hand crafted by village women in Uganda using natural and recycled materials, in particular bark cloth beads made by hand from the Mutuba tree.

Bead bonding is an initiative that my dear Angela created to form a collaboration between the artisans in Uganda and global designers thus creating the opportunity for a sustainable source of income for these Ugandan women which positively affects their families and the communities

Here is Angela Tucci who introduced me to “bead bonding” and I luv it!

Mushana means sun in an Ugandan language and we work together under one sun “bead bonding.”

Recycled newspaper beads drying in the sun after vegan dying.

Mushana gratitude beads all packed up and ready to go

Here are two designs I made for Mushana couture by Dabanga

 

 

Shoe by John Ashford : )