Ashaki Necklace

Ashaki is a West African name meaning “beautiful” and appropriately describes this recycled glass African bead necklace.

This pendant was originally a seed from a tree grown on the East African coast and is locally referred to as tiwi nut. It was used as a form of barter trade amongst the Sudanese and people from the coastal region. It has been inlaid with a beautiful design made from an old brass cartridge and copper wire and has been turned into a pendant. The chocolate brown pod itself is beautifully smooth and has a luscious sheen.

The pendant is complemented by three strands of translucent brown glass beads from Ghana. These are made in Krobo, in the eastern region of Ghana, using a method that has been implemented for centuries which involves baking fragments of recycled glass in moulds that are lined with a mixture of kaolin and water. The kiln in which they are fired is made from termite mound clay and is heated using crushed palm kernels, which burn at a very high temperature.  The hole for the bead is made either using a cassava stem that burns up during firing and leaves a hole, or by using a small metal tool. Once cooled, they are washed using sand and water and rubbed against a stone to polish them. Krobo glass beads have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death for over 400 years in West Africa.

Old brass bicone beads from Ethiopia are used as spacers and give this necklace a hint of rich opulence. It is finished off with brass heishi disc beads from Kenya, a handcrafted brass clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead.

Product Details

The combination of ethnic beads in this multi-strand recycled glass African bead necklace shows that even the simplest of materials can resonate contemporary glamour. It features:

  • A tiwi nut tribal pendant from South Sudan
  • Luscious chocolate brown recycled glass beads from Ghana
  • Antique brass beads from Ethiopia
  • Brass heishi spacers from Kenya
  • Two brass cones and beads to finish off the necklace
  • A handmade brass clasp, adjustable chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead
  • Length: 48cm including clasp, with 8cm chain extension to enable necklace length to be adjusted
  • Pendant height: 6cm

The components are personally sourced by Shikha during her travels around the world and this statement necklace is assembled in her home studio in Kenya.

FREE worldwide shipping, protective packaging and a beautiful handmade banana leaf jewellery box lined with Maasai shuka and Kenya kanga fabric is included, as well as a personally signed card by Shikha with the story behind this piece.