Balebe is a lifestyle brand committed to preserving the art and practice of beading to promote creativity, healing and community building. We offer workshops, individual sessions, training and handcrafted beaded jewelry.
We believe that beading is a healing modality as well as a sacred practice. Beading is both personal and communal and it is elevated when shared among others, especially women. Our creative experiences provide a space and opportunity for
creating, healing and laughter.
Bahati A. L. Benjamin,
Founder & Practitioner Trainer
Bahati is a researcher, dancer, beading practitioner, entrepreneur, mathematician, wife and mom.
Bahati was introduced to beading as a child at NCDC (New Concept Development Center) in Chicago, IL.
Our name "Balebe" was inspired by our founder,
Bahati Akao Lett Benjamin.
She has been creating waistbeads and beaded handcrafted jewelry since 1999.
Beading: Art & Science
We embrace the balance of
analytical and artistic elements.
Many of our in-house signature designs are mathematically inspired and feature symmetrical patterns as well as bold color designs. Our approach to beading involves color therapy, mathematical patterns to align with intention setting and artistic expression.
At Balebe, we're passionate about preserving the art and practice of beading, especially waistbeading. We bead to heal ourselves and others, to preserve our culture, to create economic and social capital for ourselves and to change the world. Visit our Studio to experience "The Balebe Way"!
At Balebe, beads are a precious resource. We are honored to host one of the largest collection of seed beads in New England. We also offer a wide variety of wood, clay, ceramic and porcelain beads in all shapes, sizes and finishes.
Our team of beading practitioners are here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Whether you're looking for an individual session or you're interested in becoming a practitioner - we offer advice and guidance every step of the way.
BDL: Bradley International Airport - 15 min.
BOS: Logan International Airport - 1.5 hr
PVD: RI T.F. Green International Airport - 1.5 hr
JFK: John F. Kennedy International Airport - 2.5 hr
Hartford Union Station - Hartford, CT (HFD) - 20 min.
Windsor Train Station - Windsor, CT (WND) - 5 min.
Marriott Hartford/Windsor Airport
28 Day Hill Road Windsor, CT
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford/Windsor Airport
1 Day Hill Road Windsor, CT
Hilton Garden Inn Hartford North/Bradley Int'l Airport
555 Corporate Drive Windsor, CT
Hyatt House Hartford North/Windsor
200 Corporate Drive Windsor, CT
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