rubbish to jewelry

The Daasanach tribe from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley has found a creative  and eco-friendly way to use garbage. They make astonishingly beautiful head-ware from scavenged bottle-caps, broken watches, and bits of silvery mesh.
These beautiful head-wares are worn differently in each generation. Children get to wear the most basic wigs regardless of their gender, whereas the oldest women wear the most massive ones. Men only wear bottle-caps wigs until they get married. In the later stages of their lives, they’re treated with more modest headpieces.
A french photographer Eric Lafforgue, who has spent several years exploring the customs of this tribe, provides us with some amazing shots of these people showing their hand-made accessories. They refuse to sell them because they’ve become an inseparable part of their identities.
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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


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