Initially these chandeliers were created by a small group of local women, in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, lead by designer and producer Merewyn (owner of Hellooow Handmade) and Nozi.
As demand for their creations increased they approached thier local community centre and started training local women whose lives had been impacted by HIV and needed income to support their families. Now there are over 65 employed women (and a few men), rolling beads and creating a range of these beautiful chandeliers.
Each bead is hand rolled from local clay, dried in the sun and then kiln fired before being hand dip dyed and then assembled onto a wrought iron frame.
Watch how they are made below:
All lights are wired to Australian Standards and are available in a range of natural colours.
|images courtesy of Claylife|
These lights can now be sourced in Australia, direct from Klaylife who are a South African family based in Melbourne.