The Story behind our Handmade Colourful Beaded Rings from Kenya

The Women behind the Handmade Colourful Beaded Rings from Kenya 

Our new range of handmade colourful beaded rings have become an instant favourite of our staff and customers. A flash of their pearly, luminescent colours are enough to brighten your day, and your outfit!

These rings are not only beautiful, they have also been hand-made with love in Kenya by a group of talented women.

We specially selected this collective, and they exclusively make our rings for Sansom Reed. Each colour has been chosen by the team at Sansom Reed, to compliment all colours and outfits. There are a couple of "surprise colours", as we wanted to women to choose some colour combinations that they loved!

Each bead is expertly threaded and shaped into a unique statement piece of jewellery.  

We thought we would share their story. 

The Story Behind the Rings

The story behind these rings is one of dedication, tradition, and empowerment. The women who create these stunning pieces earn their livelihoods through the art of beadwork. Bead-working provides of income but also a sense of community and pride for the artisans involved. 

By purchasing these rings, you are not only acquiring a beautiful piece of jewellery but also supporting a network of women striving for economic independence and cultural preservation.


The Beading Process: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

Creating these beaded rings involves a meticulous process that combines traditional Kenyan beading techniques with contemporary designs. The process begins with selecting the beads, beautiful colors and materials, each chosen to complement the overall design of the ring.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this process is the way it preserves traditional beading techniques. Kenyan beadwork is renowned worldwide for its intricate patterns and vibrant colours. Inspired by these time-honored methods, the artisans ensure that each piece reflects the rich cultural heritage of their craft.


Sustainability and Ethical Production

In addition to their beauty and craftsmanship, these beaded rings are also a testament to sustainable and ethical production practices. Sansom Reed's core ethos is practicing sustainability and ethical consumption.

Each ring is made to order, reducing waste and ensuring that resources are used efficiently. This made-to-order model allows for a more personalised approach, as customers can choose from a variety of designs and colour combinations.

The production of these rings is also ethically sound. The women who create them are paid a fair wage, providing them with a stable income that supports their families and communities. By working with these artisans, we aim to foster economic empowerment and promote fair trade practices


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