Africa is often seen as the home of precious gemstones and metals, with the world’s leading jewelry houses sourcing a steady stream of diamonds, gold and other minerals from the continent.
Recently her work was on display on the cover of fashion magazine Glamour, when she braided and styled TV personality and rapper Boity Thulo.
From art pieces such as, ‘Oduduwa’, ‘Yemoja’, ‘Ere Ibeji’ as well as royal paraphernalia like shoes, ‘irukere’ (horse whisk), and others; Olafisoye flaunts his vast knowledge of the cultural and spiritual world of African tradition. And the fashion accessories are meant for traditional chiefs and kings based on categorisation.
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.
As a proud African and a lover of our culture, I admire women in ankle bracelets because it portrays their identity and beauty as African Queens, while promoting the African culture. Wearing of ankle bracelet is an art of our culture not evil.
African wear is deeply rooted in the heritage of the African people. Each region has a distinctive style of dressing for women and men alike, making it easy to identify a person’s origin by his or her attire. Nonetheless, the increase in the communication between regions in Africa and the world at large has promoted a mix of different African wear. For instance, it is quite common for one to spot Kente, which is initially from Ghana, in different parts of Africa and the world. In addition to this, designers find it easy to incorporate African prints into their different designs to create a masterpiece that has a unique flair in the world’s fashion scene.
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.
A fashionista’s interest and passion for glamorous looks are inborn, and at a tender age, you can spot some trends of an aspiring one. Everyone wants to look great, and little children, more so girls, want to look fabulous. Braids are one of the most popular hairstyles because of their simplicity and numerous styling options. For little girls, you can effortlessly turn a simple braided hairstyle into a fantastic look by adding beads. Tweaking using beads add glam and is attractive for any occasion – formal or informal. You can choose among different kids braided hairstyles with beads, and with a little practice and patience, turn your little princes’ exquisite hairstyle into a masterpiece.
Filled with joie de vivre, the internal world of Dutch-born artist Carla Kranendonk is brought to life through the women of colour on canvas which serve to highlight independence, empowerment and pure African beauty
The world-famous throwing of the beads, millions of pounds of beads every year, brings out millions of people worldwide for the Mardi Gras Festival and other pomp and grandeur.