This beaded rope keychain is a cute way of proclaiming Indigenous pride while keeping track of essentials (i.e. keys). Beaded ropes are fashioned by tightly wrapping, then securing down beads around a thin rope. They are hearty and can take some daily wear and tear.
Measures approximately 5 inches in length and is 2 inches wide at the broadest point. Commercial-tanned buckskin secures a split ring keychain to the rope. Handmade in Anishinaabewaki.
About the Artist
JI’s style is very reflective of the contemporary powwow circuit. This is not surprising, given her love of powwows. Bright, vivid colors are the rule, with a full embrace of rainbow color sequences. JI’s beading is tight and secure enough to withstand many seasons of wear and tear on the powwow trail. These are pieces that you can wear on an active vacation, not just to office meetings and nice dinners.
JI (Ojibwe; Turtle Clan) is an enrolled member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. She has lived in Saginaw Ojibwe territory for over half her life, where she has established many familial ties and lasting friendships. She learned the basics by watching her mother bead and has refined her techniques with over ten years of beading herself. JI finds inspiration in the traditional woodland florals of her Anishinaabe ancestors. To her fellow artists, she offers this advice “just keep creating your own artwork and perfect your style…”