Black & White Ostrich Shell Choker by |Xoan Obbe


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This ostrich shell choker necklace is 40cm from button edge to mid-loop. It fits snugly around the neck of a slender woman or girl. All the beads are handmade by |Xoan who chipped small pieces of shell into circles, then created the central hole with a drill-stick, before rubbing lengths of beads on a flat stone to grind them smooth and similar in size. The brown beads are coloured by roasting white ostrich shell beads in the fire. The button is made from a larger piece of ostrich shell and fastens in a loop made from smaller ostrich shell discs.


This choker was made by |Xoan Obbe from the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. She is married to Daqm Kxunta who is in charge of the village garden. They have one child – a little girl, aged two and a half. Their daughter has cerebral palsy and we are looking for a sponsor. If this is you, please do get in touch. All the money from this sale goes directly to her, less postage costs, currency exchange and PayPal fees. Price includes shipping by Royal Mail Tracked 48 service, in an environmentally friendly padded-paper bag.

The broken shells are collected after the ostrich chicks have hatched, so utilise a resource that the ostrich no longer needs. Strong nylon thread is now used instead of animal sinew. For necklaces, I can supply you a length of elastic thread or nylon thread if you want to restring the beads. Just let me know when you place the order.