Recently I had the pleasure to review Eco – Chic Zulugrass Single Strands on a TLC Hangtag from the Leakey Collection. Now, I know you are wondering what the heck is that? Well, first we probably should discuss the company itself, The Leakey Collection.
“The Leakey Collection founders Katy and Philip Leakey, combine their talents in interior design and the arts with their love of nature to develop stunning handcrafted products for an international market.
Using natural elements such as fallen wood, grass and porcelain, these renowned designers create unique products while protecting the environment and providing economic opportunity to the local communities. Zulugrass and Zuluwood beads, bracelets and necklaces are sold in stores worldwide. The entire collection is now available on LeakeyLife.com, their online retail site.
From high fashion jewelry to home interior design accessories, The Leakey Collection’s natural elegance distinguishes this high end product line as one of the world’s premier offerings.”
The Leakeys actually live among the Maasai in the Kenyan bush. “The Maasai are a pastoral group of people that live in the magnificent Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania. A tall, proud, and graceful people adorned in colorful clothing and ornaments, the Maasai still keep their traditions intact – herding cattle and living off the land as modernization changes the world around them.” How neat is that?
The Leakeys “…wanted to help their neighbors and to provide work opportunities without changing their culture. They came up with an imaginative idea that would utilize the excellent beading abilities of the Maasai women, and it used grass, an available sustainable resource, as the primary element.
Soon the women were harvesting grass, one blade at a time. The long grass was dried and cut into bead-size pieces and dyed lovely hues – blues, greens, reds, yellows, pinks, purples, earth and natural tones – which were then strung into necklaces and bracelets. The Leakeys added brilliant Czech glass beads to their designs, mixing them with the soft luster of the grass beads and giving sparkle and a contemporary flair to the jewelry. Zulugrass was born.”
Zulugrass, the beautiful jewelry handcrafted by experts, the Maasai women of Kenya, continues to provide much needed and desired opportunity for these wonderful women and their families.
When I received my Zulugrass, I was completely amazed by the story of the Leakeys and the Maasai. But on top of that, I was also very impressed with what you could do with the Zulugrass. The Zulugrass Single Strands can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet or more!
As you can see on my sister Jenny, the Zulugrass Strands can be used multiple ways.
The Leakey Collection also offers necklaces, bracelets, made from Zulugrass as well as items made from Zuluwood, Porcelain, and more. And it doesn’t stop at just jewelry. The Leakey Collection also offer home decor items too!
I absolutely think anything from the Leakey Collection would make a great Mother’s Day gift, but I am particularly fond of the Zulugrass. Not only would you be purchasing a beautiful piece of workmanship, you are also helping out the Maasai people.
Make your Mother happy this Mother’s Day and check out The Leakey Collection.