Kol Ami Crafts Show Elkins Park Jewelry Raffle Prize | Ethiopia's Omo Valley People

Hans Silvester’s Natural Fashion

GlamTribale’s Spring 2013 collection is inspired by the Omo River Valley people and the images of Hans Silvester. We share our gorgeous raffle prize for this weekend’s craft show October 13 & 14  at Kol Ami in Elkins Park.

The Craft & Fine Arts show @ Kol Ami

Congregation Kol Ami is located at 8201 High School Road in Elkins Park.

Saturday night, October 13, there is a special preview night and sale from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 to general public at the door.

On Sunday the crafts and fine arts show is open from 11am to 5pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

GlamTribale $150 Gift Certificates

We will register email addresses for our new ENGAGE! newsletter on both Oct. 13th and 14th. One winner will be drawn each day for a $150 GlamTribale gift certificate.

Tribo Rio Omo Africa

Ethiopia’s Omo Valley People

Ethiopia’s Surma and Mursi tribes in the southwest Omo River valley region present a unique perspective on self-expression in the African style. As a result of their nomadic lifestyle, location near lush vegetation, and inventive nature, tribe members have taken body painting and adornment to a new level of creativity which has inspired the color palette for ethniciti collections.

Photographer Hans Silvester writes in his book ‘Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa’:

An arena of incessant tribal land and guerrilla warfare, and a hotbed for the arms and ivory trades, the Omo Valley nevertheless plays host — when the Kalashnikovs fall silent — to some astonishing events of a much more peaceful nature. Among the fifteen tribes that have lived in this Rift region since time immemorial, the Surma and the Mursi, two tribes that get on well together, share a taste for body painting and extravagant decorations borrowed from nature. The former is done mainly with materials from the plant world, whereas the latter predominantly comprises products of the hunt — all kinds of prophies, including buffalo horns, warthog tusks, monkey skins and more. 

GlamTribale for Kol Ami in Elkins Park

GlamTribale Omo Valley-inspired raffle gift for Oct. 13-14 The Crafts & Fine Arts Show at Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA.It’s an exclusive set of designs that will only be made once to support the wonderful community projects of the Kol Ami temple. While we will make an entire collection inspired by the Omo Valley people, these three pieces remain one-only pieces that will not be reproduced.

The copper findings for each piece have been imported from Israel. The necklace features Hebron beads at least 200 years old. Hebron is the burial place of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths. Glassmaking in Hebron was not recorded until after the fall of the ancient city of Lebanon-Tyre to Crusaders.

The Hebron beads were made using Dead Sea Salts, in a variety of colors including green, yellow and blue. The beads used in our Kol Ami gift are the larger ones called Mongur. They were widely traded in Egypt, the Nile region and Sudan.

Our beads specifically came from Sudan, chosen because of Anne of Carversville’s history of standing ferocioiusly against the flogging of 40,000 women a year in Sudan.

The pieces are retail valued at:

Necklace: $325

Bracelet: $175

Earrings: $125 (Note: the pierced earrings can be converted to clip on Sunday Oct. 14th)

The Kol Ami community has a record of standing for women’s rights, and I wanted to make this linkage in the jewelry between their community efforts on behalf of women and my own.

Come see us this weekend at the Kol Ami!! ~ Anne