Saturday, 7 March 2009

Natural ethnic style

I suppose the ideal of living happily together in one great big global ‘human tribe’ is a tad unrealistic – though what a fantastic idea… if only we all thought the same way. And how about ‘one world’ that lives in harmony with nature too?

We can learn quite a lot from the nomadic tribes of Africa, Native American Indians, or the Aborigines of Australia. There’s a curiously fascinating book called Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan – the fictional story of an American woman’s four month journey through the Australian outback with an Aboriginal tribe called the ‘Real People’. During the course of her travels, she learns how to live in harmony with the plants and animals of an inhospitable terrain and to show respect for the natural environment. She goes through a kind of spiritual awakening as she finds out how to trust her instinct and survive without the destructive practices of the modern world.

If you’re looking for some natural ethnic style, I’d like to recommend some of the raw and uncut statement jewellery that’s now available at ShopCurious. Using eco-friendly materials like natural rock crystal, wood, coconut, organic leather and silver, these authentic handmade items have a simple sophistication that transcends the manufactured beauty of mainstream designer accessories.

Stylish, original and timeless, these unusual pieces will never go out of fashion. What’s more, the stones that are used, including chrysoprase, amethyst and labradorite, each have their own unique healing properties.

We might not be able to heal the damage we’ve already done to our planet, but we can still try to help save the earth for future generations – as well as adopting a new and enlightened approach to retail therapy...

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