Monday, May 25, 2009

KEFENA REGEOU and GEBEYEHU ADDISU

Today we follow guides through the Rift Valley in Ethiopia, which holds a link of seven lakes: Abaya, Langano, Awasha, Chamo, Ziway, Abijata, and Shalla. Nearly untainted by industrialization, the Rift Valley also contains therapeutic hot springs and various bird species. Africa is also home to featured design team Kefena Regeou and Gebeyehu Addisu.

Addisu and Regeou travel often to Harar, a city located in northern Ethiopia, spending countless hours learning about the jewelry-making techniques of ancient metalworkers, as well as collecting antique ornaments to use in their creations. They also spend time in Dubai, learning from fellow designers.

The design duo incorporate striking enameling techniques while also working with colorful beads, and silver melted from ancient coins. Ultimately, Regeou and Addisu create jewelry mixing aspects of both Ethiopian and Middle Eastern designs. They sell their wares at upscale stores located in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Abala, and the Artisan and Designers Bazaar.
The designers, along with other designers from all over the world, sell their pretty creations at The Hunger Site, founded in 1999 and presently owned by Tim Kunin and Greg Hesterberg.

The purchase of Addisu and Regeou's jewelry helps to provide funding for food in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and North America.
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Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver Coptic Cross Pendant Necklace
Photo 2 (bottom left): Eternal Rose with handmade Glass Beads and Galvanized Wire
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