Leather Artisan Crafted Torsade Necklace with Bone Squares, "Yembo Black"
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Ila Suleyman finds inspiration in the jewelry and customs of the Mamprusi people to create the modern design of the "Yembo" necklace. Yembo is the name traditionally given to the first-born daughter. Similar to a torsade, the necklace is crafted by hand with black leather cords and centered by three cow bone beads. The necklace fastens with a black recycled plastic button.
From northern Ghana, the Mamprusi people are predominantly rice and cattle farmers who use cow hide and bones to create various items including jewelry and accessories.
- 30 grams
- 1.06 oz
- Necklace: 49 cm L x 1.5 cm W
- Necklace: 19.25" L x 0.6" W
- Pendant: 11 cm L x 3 cm W
- Pendant: 4.3" L x 1.2" W
Ila has several employees who help him in his workshop.
This artist is working with some sort of disability ranging from mental or physical and includes conditions such as being handicapped physically, or perhaps having a condition such as autism. This is also awarded to artists that employ other artists with disabilities.
This artist is currently supporting and providing for the education of their children, grandchildren, or children in their community, whether it be at the primary, secondary, or university level.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
Ila Suleyman has received 2 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $400 and the most recent for $400.
This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
Ila has a toddler named Ramatu that he supports.