The Base Project Bracelet Giveaway

Monday, December 23, 2013

In many global communities, upcycling old materials into new objects is not so much a trend but a necessity, where resourcefulness becomes the driving force behind creativity, long before the word 'upcycle' even became a thing.

It is possible that art and craft produced with upcycled materials can create an income for communities in developing countries by way of fair trade initiatives.

One such enterprise, The Base Project, partners with two artisan cooperatives in Northern Namibia. Two Kunene based tribes Himba and Herero, create hand-cut and carved unisex bracelets.

:: The Base Project Bracelets ::

On first view, one might assume these bracelets are made from leather, but they are in fact carved from discarded plastic pipes.

Each bracelet has a unique coloring which is a combined result of organic sun exposure and the deep red ochre-tinted soil. Inspiration for the designs come from the wildlife, landscape, and rich tribal history of the region.

The Base Project creates jobs and invests in community development projects in the artisans region by selling bracelets as unique fashion accessories to the US market and beyond.


Bracelets are available to buy from, Anthropologie, and TOMS Marketplace, prices start from $22.  Bracelets arrive in a colourful fabric pouch, which would make a lovely gift for anyone.

Recycled Fashion has been offered two bracelets c/o The Base Project to giveaway to one blog reader, one medium and one thin bracelet. To win a set, enter via Rafflecopter below.

Entries close on 31 December 2013.

I'd also like to wish all that celebrate, a very Merry Christmas!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Mrs. KellyKat said...

I love the deadvlei!

Unknown said...

I love them. Merry Christmas to you too Erica.

Bobbi said...

They're so beautiful! I especially love the Kunene Cattle - strong and graphic. My birthday is next week - I see what I'm getting myself!

Quantumhollapena said...

I like Kavango river and Epupa falls.

tess said...

Kunene Cattle, thnk you for offering Merry Christmas and congratulations on the new addition to your beautiful family.

Kaizen Fashion Project said...

Kunene Cattle! Thanks!

Unknown said...

I like the Deadvlei :)
Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I like a few of them (in order - Himba Red, Caprivi Strip & Oryx), and I absolutely love the idea! Absolutely brilliant, in my opinion. Shame I am on a 'nothing that is non-essential' budget, or I'd have the ruddy lot on order by now...........

Little Bits of Now said...

Loving those handcrafted bracelets !

lolly said...

I luv the Namib Desert, thanks for the giveaway.

Jean said...

Such a neat idea. Good way for them to make a little money to help themselves. You know the old saying : If you teach a man to fish... anyway. they are really cute!

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