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I grew up in a society where we were taught to reject, to demonize African spirituality and mystical practices. Naturally, as I grew up, I felt a fear of anything that emanated from African spirituality. The gods, the practices, created in me a psychosis. However, I kept hidden in myself an unexplained admiration for the cauri. I could not explain how this so-called "diabolical shell" could attract me as much. I watched him from a distance, I appreciated him by forbidding me to have physical contact with him. And then, a few years ago, my curiosity as a journalist pushed me to get closer to spirituality to get away from religion. As I read, research and meditate, I discovered AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY and the power of the Cauri. I understood where my attraction for cowries came from. I learned that the history of my people was inseparable from that of the cauri ... Old currency in West Africa, object of divination, communication link between men and spirits, the cauri represents wealth, power, the protection, the woman, the creation, the femininity, the sexuality ... Its curved back recalls the belly of a pregnant woman. It is a symbol of fertility. The split that separates the two parts, represents the duality. The power of this shell is immense, its mysterious origin ... .. It is said that it comes from the Maldives. It was introduced in West Africa in the 8th century as a bargaining chip by Arab traders. It was thus adopted by my people who knew how to recognize his power. With us Dan, people from the western region of Côte d'Ivoire, cowries are part of our lives, they are our protectors, the messengers of djinans (geniuses). That's why we use them to give strength to our masks, our dancers. For our mystical rituals, to communicate with our ancestors as well as our Gods. "The cowries are so powerful because they draw their strength from the sea from which they come" "we use them because our ancestors asked us to do it" "the cowries speak. They communicate with pure hearts ". "They tell us our story, but we also predict the future." My fight For centuries, we have been told our story for us. Our gods, religions, traditions, rituals have been demonized. Our fetishes carried away. At the place, we were told how and who to pray! How to dress, what to eat. Our existence has been dictated for too many centuries. Today, knowledge is within reach, we must seize it. It is time for us black Africans to reconcile with our heritage and reclaim our culture; our spirituality, our gods and embrace it. Our history, we must write it for ourselves. Therefore, I write mine, that of my people through my creations. They are an invitation to discover my story. That of a woman in search of her story, spirituality, balance; of his Gods, of happiness! I call for a reappropriation of our culture.

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January 12, 2023
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on Gnan belt

December 23, 2022
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on Queen of cowries v3

Very professional team (communication and delivery on time).

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December 04, 2022
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on Round and Mami Watta

November 22, 2022
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on The tube

Super pretty bag. Lafalaise-dion has always been available to answer my questions. The article is compliant and I recommend. thank you for your kindness

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September 27, 2022
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on Mami Watta

I received my Mami Watta headpiece and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I got so many compliments just in trying it on, I can't wait to take pictures for my birthday and hopefully upload a decent photo of myself then! And it came a day before I expected it so I am soooo so so happy!! Not just on time, but fast and early!! And so so so gorgeous! Love the packaging as well!


August 21, 2022
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Amazing necklaces! We were able to use them on the the show! Thank you for your great communication and fast delivery!


August 12, 2022
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August 02, 2022
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on Queen of cowries v2

I am very satisficed with the crown. Lafalaise is very professional. I appreciate the time that was spent on making the piece. Thank you Lafalaise and your team.


July 23, 2022
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on TANKE Belt (long...

This piece is absolutely amazing. It’s simply beautiful, fits me perfectly and arrived earlier than predicted. This is my second order and I will certainly be purchasing again.


July 11, 2022
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June 30, 2022
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June 20, 2022
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on The Queen of cowries

Thank you again, it's really a very beautiful jewel *_*

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June 15, 2022
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on Queen of cowries v2

I love it, and the delivery was very fast. Perfect thanks


June 02, 2022
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on Mami Watta

nice article

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May 17, 2022
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April 30, 2022
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on Gnan belt

April 14, 2022
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on Tankë (short)

Fast shipping, excellent

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March 30, 2022
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on Queen of cowries v2

March 15, 2022
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on Round

The shipment was very very fast, the bag arrived well packaged with its protective bag, I am satisfied with my purchase. You just have to let it breathe a little while the varnish smell goes away, but it is as described. Thank you Lafalaise Dion for the bag and for the exchanges, even if it's an internet order it's always nice to have contact with the designer.

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March 10, 2022
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March 09, 2022
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on Round

I absolutely love my new bag. Thank you so much my African queen. I love shopping at your site, you guys never let me down. And it came right before my birthday. Yay!!!


March 07, 2022
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on The Queen of cowries

I love it, thank you so much 💗💗💗


January 01, 2022
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on Queen of cowries v2

thank you very much very satisfied

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December 23, 2021
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on Queen of cowries v2

Beautifully crafted and excellent customer service!