These unusual and gorgeous necklaces are made of tightly rolled magazine paper that have been varnished for durability and then connected into a necklace with African Kitenge/Ankara fabric ties in the back. We named them Okusiba which means to tie in Luganda. These are really amazing statement necklaces, reflecting a very creative and fun design.
There are three sections of paper beads in each necklace and we have three designs to choose from. The colors of the paper beads in these necklaces were chosen to complement the African fabric. Please note that the colors of the fabric strands can vary quite a bit, depending on how the strips were cut.
We have labeled them by the colors of the paper beads in the necklace:
Red with cream and brown
Blue with cream
Green with cream
These have no clasp as you will tie the necklace by its fabric strands. These make for a casual, chic, bohemian necklace but also give you flexibility by being able to alter (at least a little bit) the length of the necklace by choosing how you tie it in the back.
The lenght of the entire strand is about 38 inches (16 inches with beads). For most, tying a double knot leaves a length of the necklace about 11 inches (but that will vary based on how you tie them).
No two necklaces are exactly the same as the colors reflected in the fabric depends on how it was cut. These African fabrics are bold and gorgeous with vibrant colors.
These creative necklaces are made by Robinah and her family who live in the slums of Kampala.