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Haby's Grandmother

Fulaba represents the woman who holds herself high with honor and dignity and enjoys accentuating her beauty with jewelry and accessories inspired by the ancient Fulani tradition. The style of the Fulani earring is called bhoylé. For centuries, Fulani women wore these earrings in gold as a sign of nobility.

Haby Barry, a Guinean American of Fulani descent started the Fulaba line to share this tradition with the world and set the standard providing authentic Fulani earrings and bracelets from Guinea. The Fulani people inhabit all the lands of Sub-Saharan Africa and now the globe but the highest percentage of the Fulani people is in Guinea, West Africa.

Kadiatou, pictured right is Haby’s maternal grandmother, a Fulani woman who truly embodied beauty, class, style and nobility.

Our Goals

  • Provide exclusive fashion accessories with intrinsic meaning and value
  • Build economic opportunities in Guinea
  • Instill pride in women and celebrate our natural beauty
  • Share knowledge of ancient traditions and history highlighting strong, powerful women

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We are passionate about timeless fashion inspired from African tradition. We love to highlight untold or rarely told stories about those that came before us and related facts. And keep you updated on everything Fulaba!

The Royal Origins of Europe Are African

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It is well known that Europe suffered a period of profound ignorance and calamity called the Dark Ages. What is not often discussed is how Europe came out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance (re-birth) period of profound knowledge, including artwork, music, science, mathematics and culture. What outside influence birthed such a prolific...

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Spiritual Benefits of Gold and Copper

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In ancient times, jewelry was worn not only for adornment, physical beauty and social status but also for its spiritual and healing benefits. In ancient Egypt gold or nub (Medu Neter – Egyptian language) was considered of divine nature and associated with the sun. Gold as well as copper has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which...

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African Fashion for Modern African Queens

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African fashion has been known to be very traditional in its usual sense. Everything from the assortment of textiles from the different regions of Africa to the jewelry and headwraps are usually worn for some formal occasion or another. African fashion has evolved as the African woman has evolved; it has now transformed to fit...

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Zimbabwe’s Lost Treasure…The Empire of Mutapa

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The empire of Mutapa was a powerful nation in modern day Zimbabwe that rested between the Limpopo and the Zambezi River and extended to the Mozambique coast from 1430-1760. The empire of Mutapa was the successor kingdom of the Great Zimbabwe and it was comprised of mainly a Karanga-speaking population that maintained the stone building...

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Tribes of Southern Africa…Introducing the Swazi People

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Southern Africa is home to many different tribes that maintain their own dialect and way of life. Because of the vast diversity within Southern Africa, many of the tribes remain in the shadows of the more noticed tribes, such as the Zulu tribe. The Swazi people, also known as the Swati people, are a Bantu Nguni-speaking...

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Miriam Makeba…The Empress of African Song

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Miriam Makeba, also known as Mama Africa and the Empress of African song, was a popular South African singer who introduced authentic Xhosa and Zulu songs to western audiences. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1932, Miriam Makeba attracted the attention of Harry Belafonte who then assisted her travel to the United States to begin...

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Empress Menen Asfaw…Mother of the Ethiopian Nation

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Menen Asfaw was born to an Oromo family on April 3, 1891. She was crowned on November 2, 1930 when her husband, Tafari Makonnen became the Emperor of Ethiopia known as Haile Selassie. Empress Menen was known as a champion for education and an advocate for women’s issues in Ethiopia. She founded the Empress Menen...

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Ethiopia…Traditional Since the Beginning

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Ethiopia is the only African nation to resist colonization by European powers, and so, has also been able to resist the distortion of their culture. Ethiopia maintains all of their traditional attires and practices. The style has become more modern overtime, but still stays true to their history. The Oromo women of eastern Ethiopia are deeply...

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The Empress Behind Ethiopia’s Battle of Adwa

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Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world and the only African country to successfully resist the scramble for Africa by colonial powers. Ethiopia became a symbol of hope and strength for all people of African descent when Ethiopia had beaten back attempts at colonization by Italy. The famous battle of Adwa signified...

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African Fashion Week…Introducing Yefikir Design

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Ethiopian fashion is vibrant and ever-changing. Yefikir Design is one of the many brands that highlight the emerging fashion sense within Ethiopia. Made in 2009 by Fikirte Addis, an Ethiopian designer based in Addis Ababa, Yefikir Design serves as a representation of fashion for her home country. Her designs channel Ethiopian culture while mixing in...

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African Fashion Week…Introducing Mantsho

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In South Africa Mantsho represents the unapologetically modern African woman. Created in 2004 by Johannesburg-based designer Palesa Mokuburg, this brand focuses on using African materials and transforming them into modern, edgy designs. Using fine silks and woven fabrics along with traditional African material, Mantsho combines modern fashion with reverence to African culture and history. The...

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African Fashion Week…Introducing OmaEmihe

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The annual Fashion Week hosted in Nigeria provides an opportunity for Nigerian designers to showcase their work. One designer that stands out is Chioma Jennifer Emihe. Her style is a mix of traditional and modern, combining traditional African textiles with other patterns. Emihe emphasizes characteristics that are important to her: decency and comfort. She is...

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Malian Writers…A Female Perspective

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Mali became a center for African scholarly history with the birth and success of the city of Timbuktu leading up to the colonization of Mali by the French. Even after colonization, some of the most influential and important pieces of African literature were produced in Mali. Malian writers covered topics on marriage (Mariage, on Copie...

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Timbuktu…The City of Wealth and Truth

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The first settlers in Timbuktu were the Kel Tamasheq tribes and the merchants of the Jenne tribes. The destruction of the Ghanaian empire by King Sosso caused a mass exodus of scholars to flood Timbuktu. Because of this, Timbuktu became known as the divine city- a place of knowledge, trade, and hospitality. The scholars of...

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Timbuktu…An African Legacy

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The historic city of Timbuktu- currently located in the Republic of Mali at the edge of the Sahara Desert- was founded in the 11th century by the Imagharen Tuareg. The city was named after a woman named Tin Abutut- meaning “lady with the big navel” in Tuareg language. This famous African woman would hold the...

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Spiral Twisted Gold Armlets from Memphis, Egypt

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Pictured above is a pair of spirally twisted gold armlets with one duck-head terminal preserved and is said to be from Memphis, Egypt and is likely dated around 100-200 A.D. Memphis was once a capital of Egypt and houses the great temple of Ptah, god of creation. The city’s original name in Medu Neter (Egyptian...

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Second Largest Diamond – 1,111 Carats was Found in Botswana

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The second largest diamond ever found was discovered in Botswana last week. The diamond is 1,111 carats and its dimensions are 65 mm x 56 mm x 40 mm. It was mined by Vancouver-based company, Lucara Diamond Corp. It is the largest diamond ever found in Botswana. The only other diamond ever found that is...

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Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington and Janelle Monae Likely Have Fulani Ancestry

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Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington and Janelle Monae all have distinct Fulani features…long noses, a particular lip shape and fullness as well as long faces. As a Fulani woman I recognize that these beautiful ladies are very likely descendants of the Fulani tribe. I see my aunt in Jennifer Hudson, my cousin in Janelle Monae and...

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More Jewelry from Princess Sithathoryunet, Egypt’s 12th Dynasty

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We love the jewelry collection of Princess Sithathoryunet of Egypt’s 12th Dynasty! Pictured (from top to bottom) are a broad bracelet, lion bracelet and an anklet all made of gold, carnelian and turquoise. The bar of the broad bracelet contains the name of Amenemhat III, one of the Pharaohs who ruled during the 12th dynasty....

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