Colourful bracelets that once were a thong sandal, trash to treasure, from junk to jewellery.
The low water of the slow Niger runs through Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world. Flip-flop thong sandals, the national footwear of all Africa, float like little boats accross the river and wash ashore. The women of Bozo, a fisherfolk, try to keep their head above water by collecting the colourful flip-flops. By cutting the slippers in little pieces and melting them slowly above the ever-burning fire in front of their huts, they twirl beautiful jewellery of the floating flip-flops. More than 80 families now manage to live off the proceeds of these original items.
The flip-flop jewellery is waterproof and the ideal accessory for a joyful wet summer’s day. Give the colourful striped bracelets to friends and family, and give the Bozo-women who gave the thongs a new life, a better life!
Wear the story of the women in Mali and contribute to this cheerful story!
From Junk to Jewellery!