PROMOTING CREATIVITY, HEALING & CULTURAL PRESERVATION
Balebe is committed to preserving cultural traditions. Our Journeys through Life Rites of Passage program is a 5 month long program created to support healthy transitions in to adulthood for youth aged 9-14 years of age.
We believe in the restorative power of creativity! At our studio we have the largest collection of seed beads in the Hartford area! Our collection includes beads of all shapes, colors, sizes in a variety of finishes. We offer workshops and are also open for private parties and events.
We are makers and artists, committed to the transformative power of art. Our name "Balebe" was inspired by our founder, Bahati Akao Lett Benjamin. Bahati started creating jewelry as a child and her specialty is waistbeads. She is also a mathematician and believes that the balance of analytical and artistic elements is a part of our cultural DNA. To check out Bahati's mathematical venture visit: www.statsmuseum.org!
The meaning of different colors can vary greatly between cultures and regions. For example, in China red symbolizes good luck, whereas in the Western hemisphere red is commonly associated with the heart, love and passion.
However, we have summarized a list of symbolism associated with common colors. Keep in mind that hue also impacts the way that our brains respond to color. These color explanations will assist you in designing your next waistbeads!
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