Tribe + Glory

Tribe+glory sign

I’ve received so many compliments and questions regarding the beaded necklace I’ve been wearing in some of my IG photos recently as well as the blue beaded bracelet I featured in a previous post.  If you’ve tapped y photos you would have seen that it’s from Tribe + Glory.  I decided that I didn’t want to a a typical post with just styling pieces from the brand, I wanted to tell you about the ladies behind the brand and the amazing company that is Tribe + Glory.

Tribe + Glory is the jewelry line hand-crafted by artisans in the women’s empowerment program of Empower a Child. We work to provide active measures of hope and opportunity for entire community transformation.

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Just to give y’all a little insight on what these amazing women do to created these beautiful beaded pieces here’s a little info on the process of how it’s all made.

First, the recycled paper is measured and cut using a ruler and basic paper cutter. This step is all about the details because the length and width that the paper is cut determine the shape and size of the bead it will make.

Next, the women hand roll the cut paper into a bead. Here, the style of the bead is determined by how the paper is aligned (to the center or the side). When they reach the end of the paper, a kind of super glue is used to hold down the tip and keep the beads shape until the next step.

Once the beads have been rolled, they are strung to be varnished. A special bead varnish is used to keep the beads shape, give them their shine, and make them water resistant! Each bead will go through the process of being varnished, examined, and air dried three times before it is used in the jewelry. At the end of the varnishing process, all the beads are checked and the imperfect beads are put aside. (We do not throw out the imperfect beads because we have a Christmas surprised planned to put them to use).

Next, the beads are strung into the different Tribe + Glory styles.

Lastly, the string is finished and sealed by gently melting the ends. Then the jewelry is complete and ready to be shipped to America!

In the work room-cutting&rolling

Sylvia-cutting paper

Bead rolling

Stringing beads

Finishing touches

I’m so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to talk to and work with Loren the director of Tribe + Glory.  It’s truly an honor to help spread the word of this amazing brand. When you buy a piece of jewelry you’re empowering a community! All profits benefit the women and village behind the line!

Tribe + Glory will be launching their new fall line in September, trust me you don’t want to miss it!! Be sure to follow along on their IG and like them on Facebook for all the latest news & launches!

p.s. I’ll be posting styled photos of all my T + G pieces in future posts & on IG.  I wanted to dedicate a full to these amazingly talented women of Uganda and to the phenomenal brand that has a such a power message instead of focusing on me.

T+G kids

Tribe+Glory metal sign

 

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13 Comments

  1. 7.30.15

    I love this style of bead work! Every bead is unique which means that every necklace is unique! And they’re handmade! That is a huge plus in my book!
    xo, Kyla – KyMarieC / @kycurrierlewis

  2. 7.30.15

    love this post! I have featured the company, so I know a little bit about it, but I love these behind the scenes pics:)
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

  3. 7.30.15
    Brooke said:

    Absolutely love this post…I have also worked with Tribe & Glory to feature their gorgeous beaded bracelets but I do love the behind the scenes pictures. Great feature!

    xo,
    Brooke | KBStyled

  4. 7.30.15

    wow you are such a sweet and genuine person! I thing I was emailed by them and I never emailed back so now I feel horrible! This is amazing and it is so cool you got to meet them!!

    xoxo Amanda
    The Miller Affect

  5. 7.30.15
    Carrie said:

    Wow! What a fabulous company and what a great story! I can’t believe the process that these ladies go through to make these pieces…so amazing.
    Wonderful post, I will check out Tribe and Glory for sure. 🙂
    xo
    Carrie
    CS Gems

  6. 7.30.15
    Samantha said:

    I’ve seen this company around a few different places now and it seriously brings me to tears every time. It’s just such a beautiful thing to see these women kicking butt and doing something they love 🙂 I will definitely be checking them out!

  7. 7.30.15
    Darcy said:

    Gorgeous pieces! What a fabulous story behind this company!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  8. 7.30.15
    Katey said:

    Amazing photos! I love seeing pictures of how the jewelry is made. What attention to detail. The pieces are beautiful.
    Katey
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

  9. 7.30.15
    Adaleta said:

    I love how everyone in our group slowly got on to Tribe + Glory & has received their jewelry. It’s such a great cause and we really need to make sure people find out & buy their own. Thanks for sharing! xx

  10. 7.30.15
    Ivette said:

    Wow what an incredible process for such an amazing purpose. Thank you so much for sharing this brand!

    xo Ivette

  11. 7.31.15

    It is so nice to get a glimpse into the beautiful work that goes into these pieces! What an amazing company!

    xo, Christina

    Fitness & Frills

  12. 7.31.15

    I’m so thankful you included the story behind these beautiful necklaces! As much as I love outfit posts, sometimes it’s more important to know about the work that goes into the product like this one. Can’t wait to see the photos you share on Instagram!

    xoxo
    Valery Brennan

  13. 7.31.15

    This bead work is beautiful, and what a great story behind it!