NEW AFRICAN BAROQUE TEXTILE JEWELS!!
I'm excited to announce that a brand new collection of African Baroque Textile Jewelshas been added to our store House of Terrance! This collection includes earrings, bracelets (for wrists and ankles!) as well as a slew of gorgeous brand new Solo, Duet, and African Moon necklaces.
Let me refresh your memory and tell you a little about the talented Colleen Brand, founder, and creator of the beautiful and unique African Baroque. We met last year during a trip to South Africa after initially connecting through Instagram. I loved her beautiful pieces featuring authentic African fabrics and beadwork and was determined to feature them on H*O*T.
Not surprisingly Colleen started in the world of fine art but became entranced with the gorgeous colors and textures of African handmade beads and textiles created by indigenous people. However, as these micro industries are under threat from foreign cheap mass production, Colleen's dream is for the world to see and love the beads and respect the hands that create them using ancient traditional processes in an earth-friendly manner.
With African Baroque Textile Jewelry, Colleen is realizing that dream by offering a collection of unique handmade wearable artwork which employs local women of all races enabling them to supplement their income while working from home. As Colleen points out
"African Baroque adornments are not simply beautiful objects but rather an introduction to the creative, dignified and hardworking, enterprising, craftspeople of Africa."
Colleen uses beads from Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Namibia as well as found and vintage beads from deconstructed necklaces. The gorgeous South African textile shweshwe forms the base of the designs with African wax prints, Kuba cloth, Bogalafini, and Indigo cloth also used. These are integrated with raw silk, linen, velvet, and vintage textiles and beads.
Recently, African Baroque was part of a breathtaking collaborative shoot (credits below) with two other very exciting Cape Town designers; Coast and Koi who make exquisite babouche shoes and The Travelling Jackets of Africa who give new life to vintage jackets through embroidered and appliqued design. All three companies create unique, niche products for a global clientele and are united by a love of handcraft, textiles, and color. At House of Terrance, we certainly share that love!
Check out our new pieces of African Baroque Textile Jewels pictured below and claim some for yourself or for someone who needs a special gift (Mother's Day is around the corner). These pieces are the perfect way to add some spice to your spring/summer look so get them before they're gone! Our first collection of African Baroque Textile Jewelry sold out!