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Jewelry Trunk Show of South African-Based Beloved Beadwork at NMWA, Aug. 27 and 28

Jul 22 2013

WASHINGTON—On August 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa welcome Beloved Beadwork designer and founder Anna Richerby from Cape Town, South Africa for a trunk show and designer “meet and greet” in the NMWA museum shop.

This small company of 12 Cape Town women, who create intricate pieces of high-end jewelry using complex weaving techniques and glass beads, was founded by Richerby in 2009. She designs the company’s necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings while providing sustainable, flexible jobs for talented local bead workers.

“This cooperative group of jewelers, heavily influenced by the feminist movement, is a perfect fit for the museum’s mission and its shop,” said Director of Retail and Wholesale Operations Lynda Marks. “NMWA’s Empowering Women through Art shop initiative supports socially responsible artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors of women artists worldwide by actively promoting the sale of and information about products they create.”

The Beloved Beadwork company was awarded a grant to exhibit at the NY Now trade show earlier in August by the Cape Craft & Design Institute, which promotes the growth of craft as an economic sector, and the South African Department of Trade and Industry, responsible for commercial and industrial policy. They will present the trunk show at NMWA before returning to Cape Town.

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