For the Love of Lace
Posted on August 30, 2013Republic of You collects a vast array of vintage, antique and collectible items from across the globe. We breathe new life into forgotten relics from history creating unique and meaningful exclusive one-off pieces of wearable art. Each piece individually handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio is given its own unique title and an accompanying story listing the features incorporated within the piece.
This piece titled For the Love of Lace, features:
- Antique lace collar from the early 1900s.
- Antique etched fob watch from London (not in working order).
- WWII General Service tunic buttons from the United Kingdom.
- Brass chain and miniature glass beads.
- Antique silver alloy pendants from the Newari People of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (see history below).
- Antique hand-cast brass bead from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa (see history below).
Length: 35cm Width: 32cm Width of fob watch: 5cm Width of buttons: 2cm
PLEASE NOTE: Length is measured from the clasp at the back of neck to the end of the piece. Width is measured at the widest point of the main feature. Due to the handcrafted nature of this product sizing may vary slightly from the dimensions listed.
The Igbo Tribe:
The Igbo people, formerly known as ‘Ibo’ are one of the largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria. They live mainly in the forested areas of southwest Nigeria, on both sides of the Niger River, and the Igbo number some ten million individuals. They are subdivided into thirty-three subgroups and are spread out among about two hundred villages scattered through thick forest and semi-fertile marshland.
The heads of families form the council of elders which shares its power with numerous secret societies. These societies exercise great political and social influence. They are hierarchical, with their members passing from one level to the next. There is strong social pressure toward individual distinction and men can move upward through successive grades by demonstrating their achievements and their generosity.
Due to the effects of the Atlantic slave trade and migration, it is believed that many African Americans and Afro Carribeans are partially of Igbo descent. The transatlantic slave trade, which took place between the 16th and late 19th century, greatly affected the Igbo People. Most Igbo slaves were taken from the Bight of Biafra (also known as the Blight of Bonny). This area included modern day southeastern Nigeria, Western Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and parts of Northern Gabon.
At major trade ports, Igbo slaves were sold to Europeans by the Aro Confederacy who kidnapped or bought them from villages in the hinterland. However, not all Igbo slaves were victims of slave raiding, wars or expeditions, often they were debtors and people who committed what their communities considered to be abominations or crimes. Igbo slaves were well known for being rebellious and having a high rate of suicide in defiance of slavery. Contrary to common belief, European slave traders were fairly informed about various African ethnicities. This led to slavers’ targeting certain ethnic groups that plantation owners preferred. For unknown reasons, the Igbo women were highly sought after in slave trading.
The Newari Tribe:
The Newari People, also known as Newar, are the indigenous people and creators of the historical civilization of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. They have lived in the Kathmandu Valley since prehistoric times, and immigrants who arrived at different periods in history eventually merged with the local population by adopting their language and customs. Their religion Buddhism has been strongly influenced by Hinduism. Although their main occupations are land cultivation and raising livestock, over history they developed various handicrafts and are widely known for their elaborate jewelry.