Mood:

“We dont stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Ghostly Wonders

Are you one of those people who can easily freak yourself out at night just thinking about ghosts? I am. It’s like sharks, I don’t mind if they are there, I just don’t necessarily want to know about it when I’m happily swimming in the ocean.

Too Young…

Adolescent depression is a real issue. Help is available. If you or someone you know is experiencing teenage depression, please reach out - www.headspace.org.au.

History of the Kitabe

We collect these incredible leather amulet scrolls also known as Kitabe’s, from Ethiopia and incorporate them into our one-off neckpieces.

Each Kitabe is individual, and worn for a man’s lifetime. Written for one particular person, the text is in Ethiopic (Ge’ez), a Semitic language that is no longer spoken, but is still used for liturgical and other religious purposes by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The scrolls inside are occasionally paper, but are most often vellum, usually calfskin, prepared by a lengthy exposure in lime, scraped with a rounded knife and finally rubbed smooth with pumice stone. The vellum is often scored with a pin, and then written in black ink with titles and holy names often scribed in red. Although the subjects of these ‘bibles’ are always Christian, the actual content varies.

It is difficult to date these pieces, which were made as early as the fourteenth century and continued through until about 1850.