Ostrich Shell Choker by ||Ao |Kunta


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This ostrich shell choker is 43cm from button edge to mid-loop and fits snugly around the neck. All the beads are handmade by ||Ao 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. Brown beads are coloured by roasting white ostrich shell beads in the fire. A larger piece of ostrich shell makes a button fastening in a loop made from smaller ostrich shell disc.


This choker was made by ||Ao |Kunta from the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. She is married to master tracker #Oma Daqm and they have eight children – three still at home – and are expecting a grandchild soon. 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.