Creative businesses that combine unique products with social responsibility always inspire us - what could be better than buying a beautiful item for your home knowing that your purchase has helped the community that was involved in producing it?
Klaylife is one such business - their stunning handmade bead chandeliers are custom made in Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa by a community of local women.
As is often the case, the story behind the business is as fascinating as the products themselves. The Father and daughter team responsible for Klaylife - Phillip Jones and Kerri Wallace emigrated from South Africa to Australia and it was on a trip back to their home-land that they discovered these gorgeous chandeliers.
Initially spotting the chandeliers on Instagram, Kerrie then sought out the South African creator of these gorgeous chandeliers Merewyn De Heer and it wasn't long before David and Kerrie joined forces to bring them to the Australian market.
Merewyn started making the chandeliers with a small team of 8 local women who were impacted by HIV and struggled to support themselves and their families.
Each bead is made from local raw clay - and goes through several handcrafted processes to create the final piece. From hand-rolling the beads, to drying and kiln-firing them, to being strung onto the unique wrought-iron frame. This ensures that no two lights are ever exactly the same.
Demand for these hanging masterpieces has understandably grown, and the business now supports over 65 local women - helping them become self-sufficient and giving back to the local community.
Each light is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity and are of course fully compliant with Australia's electrical requirements.
Available in a variety of sizes and designs, with a beautifully soft colour palette (we adore the ombre-style range) and the chandeliers are made to order with a turn-around time of approximately 12 - 16 weeks. With custom-made options, it is possible to create a truly unique, one-off statement piece.
For more info, the video below is a beautiful insight from South Africa about how the chandeliers are made - and of course, if you can't resist looking at the range in full, click here!!