Tubular

This necklace is a contemporary re-imagination of the traditional South African Bantwane Cuff. The cuffs are large tubular necklaces covered in beading, usually white. Traditionally used for ceremony, the cuffs aesthetic value is to complement dark skin, achieved with the white beading. For the piece I wanted to work off the aesthetic aim of the original cuffs, while also playing with the concept of the bead. 

 

Here the beads are the visual center of the necklace while also serving as the opening/closing mechanism. With the geometric forms and color alluding to traditional beading patterns. The use of found material references contemporary african craft making, especially the utilization of industrial materials. The transparency continues the tradition of complementing skin tone, instead by making it more visible.