Overseas Connection Nigerian Shekere - Large - Product Information
Overseas Connection shekeres are built by a group of 30 men and women in Nigeria, starting from the gourds on up, so each one is a finely crafted, unique musical instrument.
One man travels to the far North of Nigeria where the best gourds are grown and he spends several weeks going to the gourd markets and meeting with the farmers until he has collected thousands that meet Overseas Connection’s exact size and shape requirements. When he returns to the South with a huge truck full of the raw gourds, a group of 8 people spend many weeks cleaning, smoothing, and sizing each gourd.
They totally clean the inside of every gourd and they smooth all the openings with sandpaper before applying a coat of natural shea butter to give a rich luster. While this is going on, a group of 18 women are busy weaving all the nets to exact standards, using the best nylon cord and beads available.
When both parts of the production are complete, a third group of people match the beaded nets to gourds of the right size and shape to create these musical works of art.
- Beaded shekere
- 8″–9″ diameter
- Bead color and gourd shape may vary
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