My favorite hot new item this year is the Lily & Laura Bracelets! Not only are they extremely fun and hip, they also have a great cause! These beautiful roll on bracelets are custom designed and crotched by the village women of Nepal, bead by bead. Where is Nepal you ask? Nepal is a landlocked country about the size of good ole Arkansas, lying between India and the Tibetan Autonomous region of China. If that doesn’t ring a bell, Nepal is also the home of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world!
Each bracelet is made from some of the finest glass and sterling silver beads in the world. Every bracelet is an artistic collaboration between Laura who chooses the bead combinations and the woman crocheting the bracelet. Based upon Laura’s combination the artist in Nepal chooses the thread color, pattern, and bead placement within the pattern that she will use to make her beautiful representation of the combination. As you can see, the artistic talent of these women is absolutely amazing! With the freedom to work only when they are inspired, the artisan women work in the comfort of their homes and in the sunshine on their rooftop decks with their families nearby. The focus of Lily & Laura is to provide fair trade wages to their artisans in Nepal, which results in improving the quality of the Nepalese women lives while providing women world wide with beautiful, top quality, handcrafted glass beaded bracelets.
Once I discovered these Lily & Laura bracelets and heard the story behind them, I became what some would call “obsessed”. I started collecting Lily & Laura bracelets when I first heard about them a couple months ago and now I have 20! Since they come in all different colors and many different designs, I decided I needed a big group of neutrals, a couple razorback reds for the hogs of course and a couple bright neon colors for spring! With all the colors and designs to choose from, it is fun to mix and match them. They are super fun to accessorize with and easy to roll on and off. Come get your very own Lily & Laura bracelets at Riffraff’s 3rd Birthday Party, Thursday February 9th from 4:00-7:30PM!! XOXO, Kori Ann
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