I want to introduce you to Zulugrass, one of the lines of natural material jewelry marketed by The Leakey Collection. The company was founded in 2002 by Katy and Philip Leakey when a devastating drought in Kenya (2001) forced the men to leave behind the women and children, so they could take the surviving cattle far up country in search of grazing land. The Leakey’s found themselves helping to support as many as 100 Maasai families by giving them money for food, school fees, medical expenses and housing. This was not sustainable for either party and the Leakeys knew they had to find another way.
The answer came from the fibrous, hollow, drought-resistant grass that is a plentiful natural resource of Kenya. It so tough that even the Maasai’s hungry cattle won’t eat it. In fact it was regarded as such a unusable nuisance. Now that very grass is turned into beautiful jewelry.
Zulugrass is the flagship line in their collection. The work includes the design and manufacture of contemporary jewelry that is hand made by the Maasai women and men of Kenya from environmentally sustainable materials. Zulugrass is sold in individually or in multi-strands, which allows you to get precisely the color, depth and weight of the jewelry that you want. It has an earthy, organic look and feel, yet is completely modern.
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I am really pleased to be able to pass on to you two lovely pieces of Zulugrass jewelry that were sent to me for review! One is a multi-strand twisted green bracelet, and the other is a two-strand brown and tan set that can be worn multiple ways. Leave me a comment below and you’ll be entered into the drawing. Tweet the contest or post it on your facebook and you can leave a second comment to be entered twice! If you are involved with any fund-raising or socially beneficial companies like this one, please leave a link as part of your comment…we all want to know what opportunities are out there for helping others through our work!
Here is a video which shows you the many ways you can wear your Zulugrass jewelry: