African Cultural Eyewear By Nena Soul Fly

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These are cool, The Nena Soul Fly eyewear collection. Nena Soul Fly-Nena Soul Fly  was launched in 2005 with a goal to express cultural pride. This is what she says on Facebook:

Nena Soul Fly, is the artistic vision of Boriquen American Tanya Melendez. Founded in 2005, Tanya first began creating clothing for the youth while working as an enrichment dance instructor and world arts and culture teacher at a charter school in Inglewood, CA. Inspired by her Ancestors, the styles of the “Around The Way Girls of Nueva York” and the cultural pride and eye shadow of the cholas of Cali, Nena Soul Fly combines the flyness of urban ladies with the soul of Afrikan and indigenous women around the globe, creating her own line of women’s accessories and clothing. Working with hand selected one of a kind textiles from Nigerian ankara, Ghanaian kente and Indian silks, cowrie shells, feathers and bamboo style earrings, Nena Soul Fly infuses affordable jewelry with cultural meaning and symbols of her ancestors. These contrasting elements of traditional handmade and everyday urban has evolved into her signature work. Drawing from her unique experience as artist, designer and community activist has also informed Nena’s decision to produce and sell her work locally and independently.