Blonde Illusion

Blonde Illusion

£10.99 £5.99

These hand rolled beads are made from long triangular cut strips of recycled paper. These beads are then dyed and painted in an array of beautiful colours, before being varnished to give them finished glow. Each bead or piece of jewelry made from paper beads is unique due to the hand rolling technique of the Rwandan woman who made it.

Small glass beads are added to make the design stand out.

This learned skill has given women and girls in Rwanda hope for a brighter future as they can now earn an income from it which not only empowers them but their children, family at large and community. Through moving her forward, we aim to continue valuing women’s empowerment and gender equality thus creating ways to economically empower women and girls of Rwanda who rely on jewelry making as a financial lifeline.



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Each bead, which looks and feels like wood but actually made from recycled paper is unique since it's been hand rolled.  This means each strand or combination and arrangement may also slightly vary.


The product will be shipped to you from Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 25 cm

1 review for Blonde Illusion

Slightly small (Tight) but I’ll still wear it.

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Francoise Nyirahabimana
Weaver (front row, Green T-shirt)

In the past, I would depend on my husband for food and other items in the house. Now I don’t do that anymore. I had no shoes and suffered from jiggers, but that’s now all in the past. I used to sleep in a nyakatsi (thatched house), but that is in the past. I used to sleep on amashara (dried banana leaves), now I sleep on a mattress. I didn’t look good, but now I do. This means  that, if we got more people buying our products we can look even better.

Marcelina Mukamana
Weaver (in pink top)

I moved to the area, and didn’t know how to weave. So I joined the group and learnt to weave. Once I started earning money, I bought a pig. Thanks to the income from weaving, I now has two pigs, a cow, a goat and chickens. 

Godeliva Mukanyandwi

I joined this weaving group because I was unable to buys school books, and pens. Or 100 Rwanda francs on a haircut, as my school demanded. Since earning my own money, I am able to afford a lot of things without  bothering my parents. My advice to students is that, it’s  good to learn new skills – whatever that’s may be, because you can earn money and are less dependant on your parents. 

Deverone Byukadusenge
Weaver (White tshirt and black cardigan)

I’m a single mother earning my own money. I don’t  need to depend on anyone anymore. My main concern is that I can’t apply for loans because the market for the products is not high enough. I’m worried I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay back the loans.

Christina Mukaremera
Berwa Group
Weaver (yellow and blue scarf)

I wish to thank all who promote promote the work we do, because it has improved my way of living. I’m really grateful continuous support.