HANDMADE JEWELRY DESIGNERS AND HANDBAG CREATORS

While handmade jewelry designers and handbag creators may differ in the way they conceptualize their designs, they each have an extraordinary relationship with the materials they use. Explore beloved jewelry lines, their inspiration and materials that structure them into existence.

JEWELRY DIPPED IN GOLD

HANDMADE HANDBAG CREATORS

Akosua Afryie-Kumi is the founder of internationally-acclaimed handbag line, AAKS, known for sustainability-minded accessories that are handmade, colorful, high-quality, and fun. Afryie-Kumi grew up in Ghana among a family of entrepreneurs. Her creativity was sparked at an early age as she deeply explored a vast palette of vibrant patterns and raffia as a material to make basket bags. To this day, Afryie-Kumi is inspired by the traditional design techniques of basket weaving. She structures her line of handmade handbags using organic, natural and biodegradable materials.
The stunning handbag line of ONEOFEACH is created by mother and daughter team Tamburai and Pauline Chirume. The Chirume design duo combine the coveted African wax print cotton textile with soft, oxhide leather to create a specific bag shape with multi-uses: a clutch bag that doubles as a crossbody bag. The South African-based brand loves working with bold colors for a quick way to elevate a special outfit.

SUSTAINABLE JEWELRY FROM BRASS & COW HORN

Handmade jewelry designer Adele Dejak celebrates her West African heritage by incorporating both traditional and modern materials in her work. Growing up in Nigeria, she adored watching her mother and grandmother dress in magnificent fabrics and traditional jewelry. After earning her law degree, she went back to school to follow her passion and studied typographic design at the London College of Communication. 
Then, in 2005, Dejak moved to Kenya where she began making her own jewelry primarily from brass. “Everything comes from materials that different African tribes would use to make their ornaments and trinkets,” says the designer, who uses upcycled brass and cow horn as the centerpiece in most of her work. “In creating jewellery, we are keen to use environment-friendly materials, celebrate cultures, teach technical skills and create employment opportunities.” 
Her jewelry designs have the power to be the beautiful finish that elevates any look to be bold, luxurious, and unique.

BEADED HANDMADE JEWELRY

CONCLUSION

Contemporary African jewelry designs strick beautiful harmony between tradition and modernity, with an emphasis on the use of the materials chosen by the designers to share their story. These pieces are meaningful and lovely gifts to give on a special occasion. Read more about gifts for women on The Summit.

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