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Celebrate this 15th anniversary with me!

Mireille Liong Infinit maxi dress
Infinity Maxi Dress

As the last parts of the store's updates are nearly done, it's time to get the party started! To create a more than a joyful shopping experience, I carefully selected useful unique gifts that I know you will truly appreciate.

A little recap

For those of you who are new here: Welcome! and here is a little recap.

Fifteen years ago my first book Going Natural, How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair came out and the website Going-Natural.com was launched.

2,100 Blogs, 44,000 Photos, 340 Vlogs, 8 Websites, 5 Hair Shows, 5 Exhibitions
5 Countries, 80,000 followers, members and fans later, it is time to give thanks and celebrate!

With the very first What Naturals Love Hair & Fashion show I gave thanks to the natural hair professionals and officially launched this new marketplace. Now it's time for the online celebration and give thanks to you my followers, fans, members, shoppers, whoever you are, wherever you are.

15th Anniversary Gifts rules

Starting this week, I will offer free gifts. Carefully selected gifts that I know you'll really, really love. The gifts are indeed totally free but naturally there are a few restrictions:

  • The giveaway will only run for one week.
  • The number of giveaway items is limited.
  • Gifts can run out before a week's end. There is nothing we can do about that so please make sure you order immediately when you see an offer.
  • Since the shipping companies do need to get paid, you pay for shipping and handling. We kept it reasonable at one price for all items: $11.95.

1st 15th anniversary gift

This week's gift are these colorful, playful Angisa earrings from Suriname.

Angisa head wrap earring

They are called Angisa earrings because they are miniature Angisas. Angisas are Surinames headwraps with a name and a meaning. They carry the history of creole women in Suriname who developed a secret language creating these head wraps dating back to slavery times.

Angisa Let them talk
A woman wearing a double tied Feda an Angisa

Free Black women would tie their head scarfs a certain way as an act of resistance but also to secretly meet on the corner or to tell people to back off. At the same time, the Angisa head wraps were also a representation of the times.

While Baka Oto which means €œThe back of a car€� was inspired by the first car that drove around in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, the Let them talk and Meet me on the corner Angisas date back to the 1800€™s before slavery was abolished.

First lady of Suriname with a koto and Angisa
3rd from left: Former First Lady of Suriname Liesbeth Venetiaan wearing a Miss de Neef Angisa.

Today the traditional Angisas are mainly worn on national holidays like Keti Koti, emancipation of slavery and Manspasi, independence day in Suriname.

Still, folding Angisas remains a true art. I can only imagine how skilled one has to be to fold not 90 by 90 cm but about 4 cm of fabric into these little earrings.

The great thing about it is that now we can wear these colorful, fun, history carrying head wraps as earrings. I was super exited from the minute I saw them and that is why I like to offer them as a gift.

Angisa earrings meet me on the corner
Angisa Earrings - Meet me on the corner. Left means left corner, right would mean right corner.

 

Just so you know, I personally got these angisa earrings from Suriname to give away for free as a special gift to celebrate my 15th anniversary with you my friends, followers, subscribers and shoppers. But of course, stock is limited. So make sure you go claim your gift asp. When they're gone, they're gone!. So go claim your gift.

More about angisas and traditional Surinamese outfits.

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