December 7, 2012 · Posted under awesome Etsy finds, Christmas
Here’s an Etsy store where you can feel really good about shopping! Denise, also known as Deeder the Beader, crafts Christmas ornaments and jewelry using fair trade Rwandan paper beads. So when you purchase one of her items, you’re not just supporting one handmade artisan, but several! Here are some of Denise’s pretty ornaments:
I think it’s so interesting how the beads are made, and where they come from. Denise says, “These unique beads are handmade from paper by women in Rwanda. They use triangular shaped pieces of paper, roll them tightly, paint and seal them. Since each is handmade, they vary in size, color and shape, giving them a wonderful and different quality and feel.”
And with each purchase, “A portion of the purchase price of these Rwandan paper beaded items will go back to the women of Rwanda in the form of tools and supplies for their future beading needs.”
In addition to the ornaments, Denise also crafts jewelry sets using the Rwandan beads. I own a set very similar to the one pictured above – I was lucky enough to win it in a giveaway last summer (!) and I absolutely love it. The beads in the necklace are fairly large, so it’s a bit of a statement piece for me since I generally wear small jewelry. I get lots of compliments on my necklace whenever I wear it!
For more Rwandan paper bead jewelry and ornaments, check out Deeder the Beader on Etsy!