In this world of decorating and styling your home or commercial spaces, we are no longer limited by choice - only freight companies.
It's now approximately 18 years ago, that the crystal chandelier became a must have in many versions of contemporary design, while paper lanterns and macrame chandeliers were not the only statement pieces for overhead lighting for the 'boho' and 'coastal'.
A few years ago I saw for the first time, the clay beaded chandelier making an incredible statement, and right at home in the most luxurious, 'up-market' interior designs.
Looking for the best quality in clay bead chandeliers, I found 'klaylife'.
It's now a year or so since I first contacted klaylife, to find out more about their manufacturing and supply.
The element of manufacturing that remains my first thought when I think of klaylife, is the women who make by hand, every bead that goes into each of klaylife's pieces. There's an immediate warmth and connection to human, and if all manufacturers talked about their employees and advertised their involvement, I make the assumption that most people would give a 'thought' and feel more 'connected' to their world community.
As someone who loves a bargain - but only when it's a quality item - there are some things that no matter your financial situation, you will strive to attain - they become your great treasures, whether they remain 'in fashion' or not.
The clay-bead pieces offered by klaylife, ensures you stunning designs of the highest quality, that are also timeless.
If handmade jewellery and accessories are your thing, klaylife also has a range of beautiful pieces to offer.
This is klaylife's introduction to who they are and what they do...
'Unlike so many products that come off the factory line, ours have a human story. They’re lovingly created by a community of women in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa*.
Drawing on African heritage and craftsmanship, each clay bead is hand rolled using raw clay. They are then sun dried, kiln fired and dip-dyed and in the case of our lights, masterfully strung onto its unique iron frame. This hand made process ensures that no two pieces will ever be the same.
Initially, our clay beaded pieces were crafted by local women whose lives had been impacted by HIV and so desperately needed an income to support their families. Over time, as popularity grew, more and more women with differing circumstances approached us for work. As a result the criteria has been broadened to any local woman who is prepared to put in the effort to create something special.
WATCH HOW WE'RE MADE:
In 2012, 8 ladies were permanently employed. There are now over 65 dedicated women rolling beads and creating their own masterpiece. More importantly, they’re making a difference to their local community.
Today our chandeliers can be found lighting up some of the most gorgeous homes, hotels, restaurants and reception centres around the world.
klaylife is run by a South African family now based in Melbourne, Australia.
*Jewellery metal and assembly not included'