Africgina-detailan Baroque Textile jewelry is handmade one of a kind textile and beaded jewelry that combines the earthy authenticity of handmade African craft with the voluptuousness of the Baroque.

Each piece evolves slowly,  inspired by the discovery of a new fabric or bead.

The vibrant, colourful fabrics of Africa dominate; sturdy 100% cotton isishweshwe, designed and made in South Africa and Wax Fabric, adored throughout the continent.  These are complimented by the addition of new and vintage fabrics such as raw silk and hemp.

I am drawn to the simple, raw beauty of African beads, handmade using ancient techniques and often limited resources.  Ethiopian “silver” handmade from recycled aluminium pot, pans and old bullet casings, remnants of a war torn past.  From Ghana come recycled glass beads and brass beads, made using the labour intensive lost wax method.  Tuareg beads of ebony and aluminium.

All are imbued with a life of their own as opposed to machine made mass produced alternatives which seem cold and dead by comparison.img_0766

The result: unusual works of wearable art; created as one would a sculpture or painting but made to be worn and enjoyed.

To own one is to own something vibrant and original – a tiny chunk of the wonderful continent of Africa.

 WHERE TO FIND AFRICAN BAROQUE TEXTILE JEWELS
  • enStyle, 100 Bree Street, Parys (056 811 3116)
  • Kalk Bay Modern, 1st Floor, Olympia Building, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay (021 788 6571)
  • Naturalis, The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, Cape Town

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© Colleen Ross - Fine Artist - Cape Town - South Africa