This collection was birthed in Bentonville, Arkansas over Christmas and New Years break.
We named it Mombasa Raha (good vibes/ happiness) because the seed beads were purchased in Mombasa, Kenya. Also because Mombasa has a way of just forcing you to let go of the stress in life. There's something about this historic city that forces you to slow down, relax and just be at peace with the fact that you can't control time and you cannot control the universe. Being there forces you to find harmony within yourself, even if the world is going through chaos.
Given that it's only been six days into 2021 and there was already fracas at the US Capitol, we felt that the Mombasa Raha vibe is what we needed to put out there as creatives. We hope you enjoy our collection (there are several more pieces in this collection) and choose to settle your spirit despite all that continues across globe.
To quote one of our aunts, it will be well.
Miriam and The Empowerment Initiative Team
PS: Enjoy the tunes from across the globe we selected for this blog post. This is some of what we listen to on the road as we travel from city to city for the various pop ups we attend.
FACTS ABOUT MOMBASA #ForeverLearning (get to know the cities we frequent for raw materials and sales): Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya. Located on Kenya's Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, it's original Arabic name is Manbasa. In Kiswahili, it is called "Kisiwa Cha Mvita", which means "Island of War" due to the many changes in its ownership. Sourced from: http://www.mombasa-city.com/brief_history_of_Mombasa.htm
Video shot in Mombasa. Song: South African
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