The Abyssinian people, also known as Habesha, inhabited the Horn of Africa.  Abyssinian civilization had its beginnings in the areas of present-day Ethiopia and Eritrea.  Some of the worlds most ancient and powerful civilizations were based there and throughout history the people in these places have been exposed and indoctrinated in a variety of different religions including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

This collection focuses on Coptic Crosses and Telsum Prayer Boxes


The Tuareg people (also spelled Twareg or Touareg) are a large Berber ethnic confederation. They principally inhabit the Sahara desert, in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.  Traditionally nomadic pastoralists, small groups of Tuareg are also found in northern Nigeria.

This collection focuses on the various talismans of the Tuareg People


The Dinka belong to a group of cultures known as the Nilotic peoples, all of whom live in Southern Sudan, one of the largest ethnic groups in the Republic of Sudan.  The Dinka are a tribe of mainly agripastoral people relying on cattle herding at riverside camps in the dry season and growing millet (awuou) and other varieties of grains (rap) in fixed settlements during the rainy season.

This collection focuses on Ostrich Shell beads and Cow Horn which are famously worn by this nomadic tribe.

The Maasai

The Maasai people are a nomadic tribe found in East Africa (Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya) and are perhaps the most famous and ornate tribe in Africa.  Despite education, civilization and western cultural influences, the Maasai people have clung to their traditional way of life.  They are always adorned in beads and a special plaid cloth called a shuka.  They are very proud of their culture and wear beads as daily adornment.

This Collection focuses on glass seed beads in bold colours.