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A single fiber, Intaratara, and a single tool, Uruhindu, are used to give life to a range of jewels capable of narrating an ancient technique, named Ububoshyi kubohesha uruhindu and most representative of Rwandan craft’s knowledge.

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From 2011, the cooperative Agatako Rwanda, operating at San Marco Centre (club Soroptimist in Kigali) and the cooperative C.a.m.K. (club Soroptimist in Gisenyi), under the periodical guide of European designers, produce jewels of different cut but under the same brand, Nyanzabijou. This name refers to the culture of ancient times, when around the king’s hut the old weaving technique, peculiar to all Rwandan women, became particularly refined in producing very

delicate and precious objects. Using the natural fibres, the goal to raise simple materials to a high symbolic and commercial value, resulted in the creation of widely different and high personality jewels. So the project that connects the Soroptimist International of Europe and the Soroptimist Union of Rwanda is being realized: to safeguard the ancestral technique of agaseke (ububoshyi kubohesha uruhindu) that runs the risk of falling into disuse, by reinterpreting it in terms of

design, to expand and reinnovate the products to be launched in an international market.


Nyanzabijou jewels combine the skills and patience of artisans who reinterpretate an existing knowledge of materials to create uniquely refined pieces using materials of: Intaratara ,a natural fibre of the cyprus family, indigenous to rwandan wetlands, used by crafts women of Agatako Rwanda and C.a.m.k. cooperatives.

Pewter is a metal obtained from cassiterite mineral extracted and used by the craftsmen of Etanerie de Butare, in Rwanda Southern province.

The Silver we use comes from Italy; a country that has a history and knowledge of metalwork.


This collection is named ndi which means ‘I am’ in Kinyarwandan, the local language of Rwanda. ndi collection is design by Alice Cappelli


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE S 17mm M 18mm L 19mm COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE S 65mm M 70mm COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE One size COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE S 17mm M 18mm L 19mm COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE One size COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE S 17mm M 18mm L 19mm COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Silver SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Fabric SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Silver SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Fabric SIZE Onesize COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE Varied. Free on its composition and on number and color of the fibers pieces. Change model and colors depending on your look! COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE Varied. Free on its composition and on number and color of the fibers pieces. Change model and colors depending on your look! COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Pewter SIZE S 17mm M 18mm L 19mm COLORS


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MATERIALS Intaratara & Silver SIZE Onesize COLORS


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PRICE 40.000 frw

PRICE 17.000 frw

PRICE 15.000 frw

PRICE 50.000 frw

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PRICE Intaratara 15.000 frw Sisal 8.000 frw

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PRICE 84.000 frw

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PRICE 27.000 frw

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PRICE 20.000 frw


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PRICE 55.000 frw

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PRICE 18.000 frw

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PRICE 35.000 frw

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PRICE 45.000 frw

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Af

Bf Am Bm PRICE 14.000 frw

Cm

PRICE Bm+Af: 20.000 frw Am+Bf: 15.000 frw Bm+Bf: 15.000 frw Cm: 7.000 frw Af: 13.000 frw Bf: 9.000 frw

PRICE 13.000 frw

PRICE 28.000 frw


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PRICE 173.000 frw

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PRICE 93.000 frw


Contact nyanza.bijou@gmail.com Rwanda +25(0) 785283199 Elisabeth Yankulije +25(0) 788518401 Jeanne d’Arc Murekatete +25(0) 785277232 Alice Cappelli Europe alicecappelli1@gmail.com


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