Lifestyle blog Styled By Africa, hosted a festive pop up event this weekend, celebrating hand craft design and traditional African style. Held at Morrocan artist Hassan Hajjaj‘s shop in Calvert Avenue, (which is full of unique upcycled furniture and designs), Styled By Africa’s diverse statement items fit right in among the eclectic decor.
Hand woven bags sat upon upcycled bottle top chairs, patterned knitted designs promised to give life to our drab winter wardrobes, and richly coloured painted ceramic crockery would enhance anyone’s tea time. The craftsmanship that goes into each design sets these pieces apart from the sameness of the high street, offering true quality and the best of African culture.
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Some of the brands showcased included Chichia London, new label Bajan Beads, and Zaaf artisanal bags (shown above, right). Many of the accessories were made using upcycling techniques, such as Baja Beads necklaces that have been handcrafted from paper in Swaziland.
The Chichia London ‘Ngozi’ midi dress with thigh split proved popular (shown above, right), with inspirational Swahili proverbs printed along the front, combined with traditional East African colours. As is the case with upcycled designs, no one piece is exactly the same, therefore making each necklace that little bit more special. A great example of combining both style and sustainability!