African culture is the inspiration of the handmade beaded crafts created by brothers Talent Makochera, Evest and Chris Muchemwa, who turned their passion for art into a source of income.
Maasai attire has become part of our everyday wear as many Kenyans rock beaded bracelets, waist beads and anklets. These colourful beads and shukas are something that many find irresistible including international celebrities.
For me, being born in the United States, I feel like I’ve always [tried to] integrate African culture [into my style]
Cyndi Amankwatia, the owner of African Braids and Beauty in Dandenong, says a hairdresser’s ability to connect with her customers is almost as important as the hairstyle itself.
The Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council is preparing to launch an online platform to adapt its Twilight Market amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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.