Last week week I discussed the beauty of the Gambian people, specifically the Mandingo tribe, and their close relationship with the arts and craftsmanship. Of the many pieces the Gambia people brings to life, one of their most beautiful creations is their 100% amber necklaces.
This week, our eyes turn to the country of Kenya and it's world renowned Maasai Tribe. One of the key fashion staples found in Maasai cultural designs is the presence of intricate beadwork.
This art form is carried out in its body adornment, bracelets, and necklaces ... Each piece is done by hand and the growing collection represents various stages of life.
Personally, I find, while there are so many venues offering "inspired" or "tribal" pieces ... There seems to be little to no conversation about where these sources of inspiration are being pulled from. Here, the origins of Q.A.C items aren't just showcased for cool talking points. Rather, acknowledgement conversations around these cultural style originators are on full display throughout Q.A.C to not only celebrate these indigenous people, but to give complete creative credit to their work and practices ... Something that many shops and designers simply don't or won't do, unfortunately.
With art and culture, there comes a sense of responsibility. In partnering with global artisans and truly highlighting their unique culture, I'm proud to say Q.A.C is working to connect our community with these tribes in an amazingly authentic way.
To learn more about the history of Kenyan beadwork tap the following video below!