In the initial stages of her business in 2015, Mwilaria displayed her jewellery and paintings on the walls of a timber retail shop where she worked.
Originally from South Africa, they both were always fascinated with the healing powers of gemstones and crystals, which helped them keep faith during that tough time. Those experiences prompted them, that one day they would incorporate natural gemstones and African beads into their jewelry.
EMPOWERMENT: The process of transforming traditional women beaders from making personal jewellery to beading at a professional standard for economic gain has not been easy.
The distinct contemporary take on East African bead-work characterised the leather wallets, handbags and sandals showcased by design house Zinj at the recent Tribal Chic.
Lucille Sive is highlighted on International Women’s Day for her inspiration and dedication to her role in the travel industry.—Codie Liermann, Associate Editor
Nikiwe Dlova enjoys expressing her artistic side by creating very unique and interesting hairstyles. She uses beads, wool extensions and braids to make political and artistic statements with her hairstyles.
Ms Karen Nyangan, the owner of Afri-Kay Accessories, has tried her hands at making African jewelry out of beads. She tells Eronie Kamukama about how she started this business and grew her market
Known for a classic style with a dose of glam, Erika Hollinshead Ward is currently taking cues from the natural world. Here’s what’s inspiring her now.