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Ivy Mowtey

Handcrafted West African beaded jewelry in West Africa

"I became interested in African beaded jewelry because it's a craft that's been passed down in my family. I reprocess and recycle plastic bottle caps to create wearable art."

"My name is Ivy Mowtey and I was born in the Volta region of Ghana in 1982. I create bead jewelry. My friends say I am... read more

"My name is Ivy Mowtey and I was born in the Volta region of Ghana in 1982. I create bead jewelry. My friends say I am hardworking, sociable and dependable.

"I became interested in African beaded jewelry because it's a craft that's been passed down in my family. I reprocess and recycle plastic bottle caps to create wearable art. I learned by helping my mother, and later enrolled in an arts and crafts institute.

"I mastered this craft by training, observing and researching fashion trends. I also learned from other artisans.

"Starting out on my own wasn't easy. I had to move away from my mother's older styles and find my own artistic voice.

"I worked hard to get ahead. For a while, I made and sold porridge to earn money to buy materials. My passion for jewelry pushes me forward. I find inspiration in my surroundings, like our traditional festivals and also in the fashion world.

"I used to sell my jewelry house to house. Once, I visited a home where a woman expressed interest in buying my jewelry, but her husband didn't agree. He insulted me. He said that we use beads to extort money from people. I felt embarrassed, but later I ran into the man at a craft bazaar. He apologized to me and we laughed about the incident.

"I love it when I see people wearing my designs because it's like a part of me goes with them.

"I hope to grow this venture and help others by teaching them how to craft jewelry so that they acquire a skill to earn a living."

19 items by Ivy Mowtey

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Cassandra

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11/22/2021

"A lovely set of earrings."

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Simple yet beautiful.

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M. Thinking

From New York, NY

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07/24/2018

"Great for Everyday and Then Some"

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I think these are really great for summer and wear them a lot.

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Cheryl

From rural Pennsylvania, United States

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12/10/2016

"Rustic and so inexpensive!"

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These earrings are rustic, casual, and well-described...wonderfully lightweight! I plan to wear them with shades of black, tan, and brown on casual days at work. Definitely have a native African look but in muted colors that I was looking for!

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