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African Jewelry is a Creative Way to Restore a Weary Community

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Feb 25, 2014 • References: entotobethartisan and coolhunting
African jewelry made in Ethiopia is a wonderful way to empower women and restore the HIV affected region. While farmers till the fields, this community harvests artillery shells and re-purposes the casings left from the African nation's civil war into artworks. Entoto Beth Artisans is a fair-trade business that helps transform destruction into beauty.

Named for the Entoto Mountains set in central Ethiopia, a holy site that has attracted a community of HIV positive individuals in search of healing. The program aims to empower women and the affected population through entrepreneurship and creativity.

Each piece is handcrafted from repurposed local materials that include old tire treads, artillery shells and coffee beans. Hammered silver, plated nickel, copper and brass beads are used to form an elegant silhouette.