The Sankofa Collection
Why so bullet heavy?
Sankofa translates to “go back and fetch it”. A symbol that reminds all who see it to remember their past. The Sankofa collection is about recalling who we were before the erasure of Black history and culture.
A popular myth is that we accepted our shackles peacefully and waited until Abraham Lincoln blessed us with freedom.
Go back and fetch it: We won our freedom. With Nanny’s military strategy, with Harriet’s pistol, with Dessalines’ declaration, with Nat Turner’s revolt. With resistance, subversive and outright. By the time Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, Maroons and Haitians had taken their freedom already. Revolution was already in the air.
Go back and fetch it: Ya Asantewa, Muhumusa, Nzinga, Yambio, Amina, Menelik II, Shaka Zulu- a few names that represent the unnamed masses who fought the incursion on the African continent.
The “War of Women”, The Zulu War, the Nyakeshenyi Revolts, the Great Revolt, The First Maroon War, the Haitian rebellion- the list goes on.
I designed the bullet jewelry to pay homage to that history. I wear it in pride, in as a reminder of who I am, where I come from and what I can do.
We must continue fighting.
The Nasir $26.00- Features a vintage African kiffa bead and real rifle casing on a brass chain (26 inches). Unisex.
The Lina $21- Featuring a bit of raw turquoise and real, vintage rifle casing on a thin, long antique brass chain ( 24 inches). Unisex.
The Karime necklace $20- A simple necklace featuring just the vintage rifle casing and a copper ball chain.