I know I’ve already talked about the Randolph Street Market a lot, but there’s still one more vendor I want to mention. As I walked through the market I was captivated by this spectacular chest completely covered with colorful beads.
After talking with the curator of Woman Shops World, Carter Seibels Singh, I found out that the piece was several hundred years old from the Yoruba tribe near the Ibadan area of Nigeria. The chest joined a set of chairs that would have served as the throne for a king, and the King’s dress. All of the pieces were entirely encrusted with tiny seed beads intricately designed (assuming, hand done) in an imaginative motif.
So how do you put a price on unique found objects part of an indigenous peoples royalty? I’m not really sure, but just the set of chairs will set you back a mere $7,950.00. Tack on a couple more thousand for the chest, and the dress. A small price to pay for flamboyant furniture fit for a king. Someday…I say someday, I will be sitting on my own beaded throne in my home! :)
The aged beaded works of art weren’t all this vendor had to offer. Carter & her husband have accumulated quite the collection of beautiful beads, unusual charms, pendants and colorful textiles & trim from India, Africa and all around the world. Combining her love of shopping for unique things, she established Woman Shops World. Now, the couple offers buyers unique imports & artifacts they’ve cultivated from their travels that span across many borders.
Here’s a link to her Etsy store, 10% of all proceeds go to V-Day, a global activist group to end violence against women.
Check it out!