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One of many forms of adornment used among the Eastern and African communities, beadwork is arguably the most popular. With the arrival of vibrant coloured beads from Europe in the 19th century, African jewellery underwent a vast transformation. Gone were the bone, wood and ostrich eggshell materials that had historically been so vital in creating ornaments. African communities had now developed a new way of crafting the pieces that would later play such an important role in the social life of their people.

Tagged in: African Jewellery

Friday, 11 December 2015

Here at Lalibella, we’re passionate about producing, collaborating and selling the best in design and craft from countries across Africa. While everyone enjoys to treat themselves from time to time, there is nothing like giving to others and that’s why Christmas is one of our favourite times of the year!

Autumn and winter is all about glamming up with a bit of sparkling jewellery for the party season. But this year, don’t opt for the standard silver pendants, add a touch of African fashion to accessorise your outfits and really express your personality through the cooler months. Stand out from the crowd with a statement piece that looks that little bit different, and has a whole story of its own to tell. We have just released an exclusive new range of African jewellery for the season, in which every piece is handmade by talented African artisans. Here are a few of our favourite pieces from the collection that could transform your winter wardrobe.

Anyone who’s seen TV shows like Dawn O’Porter’s This Old Thing, or has even simply walked down the high street in the past couple of years, will know that vintage clothing is a bigger trend than possibly ever before. Perhaps it’s because of a raised environmental awareness in society encouraging us to reuse clothes that are already out there rather than buy from large brands using resources and making emissions. Maybe it’s simply a fashion. Either way, the only way to dress in 2014 is in authentic outfits with retro pieces. Vintage African outfits offer this unique edge, and then some…

It’s about that time of year when we all start searching for a few new additions to our summer wardrobe. In the sunshine, bright colours and eclectic prints become not only acceptable but celebrated. Year on year we see African-inspired patterns come back into fashion as the sun comes out. There’s just something about the vibrant tones and bold designs that make African fashion perfect for lifting your mood in summer. Sometimes just a dash of Africa can bring a new lease of life to an outfit, so here are our top five African accessories for summer 2014.

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