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Jewellery: Jewels of the Kalahari

Jewels of the Kalahari by One Fine Thread [Botswana] [Image credits: One Fine Thread, Jewels of the Kalahari Collection – left, Boo George; right, L-Atitude] Handmade by the San of the Kalahari, Jewels of the Kalahari is a collection of jewellery by made using the delicate natural shards of ostrich eggshells, which are combined with other materials like recycled glass. Upholding craftsmanship and ancient skills, Jewels of the Kalahari was produced by One Fine Thread; a business that was founded by designer Anna Haber as a platform to highlight the rich culture and unique designs found in global arts and craft traditions.

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Textiles: Bonana Van Mil Luxury Hand Painted Silk Accessories

Bonana Van Mil [Botswana] [Image credit: Wild Berries Scarf – Bonana Van Mil] I have a weakness for silk; its drape, delicateness, femininity and the way the fabric absorbs colour always reminds me of watercolour paintings; so was instantly taken with some stunning geometrically patterned scarves from Paris-based textile designer, Bonana Van Mil, who debuted her eponymous accessories and fashion label in 2011 with the aptly titled Floating Dreams collection. Bonana’s scarves call to mind faraway landscapes from hot dry plains to lush verdant countryside’s; in the Luxe Wool 2 scarf, I glimpse the familiar, details of the unpolished texture of […]

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Design: Mabeo Furniture Inspired by Botswana’s Culture and Craftwork

Mabeo [Botswana] [Image credit: Kika Stools – Mabeo] A firm belief in good design, high-quality craftsmanship, the use of sustainable raw materials and people development as the building blocks to success has seen Gabarone-based, Mabeo manufactures its furniture for large commercial and hospitality projects throughout Botswana for the last ten years. Producing beautifully crafted furniture, the company founded by Peter Mabeo is now beginning to make its way into the international marketplace. Through collaborating with international designers, Mabeo’s everyday objects are contemporary and functional, taking inspiration from Botswana’s culture and craftwork. Simple yet fluid in form, examples of Mabeo’s work can be […]

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Fashion: Bridal and Evening Wear Designer Angelo Lambrou

Angelo Lambrou [Botswana / South Africa / Zimbabwe] [Image credit: Angelo Lambrou] With three days to go till the Royal Wedding, anticipation has reached a fever pitch. I can’t speak for the rest of the world but here in the UK whether you are interested in it or not there is no escaping it. Strolling up London’s Regent’s Street last Thursday everywhere you turned there was the blue, white and red of the Union Jack lining the streets, hanging from shop fronts and incorporated into window displays as the city prepares to celebrate with the Royal couple. And of course […]

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Travel: Wilderness Safaris Abu Camp, Botswana

Abu Camp [Botswana] Between last the week’s fashion post set in the wilderness and being currently engrossed in the charming exploits of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’s  Mma Ramotswe that take her on safari, it was inevitable that the next travel daydream would lead to the serene splendour of a classic Botswana safari experience. In particular, if you are looking to surround yourself with the majesty of elephant herds, then Abu Camp situated on a vast 180 000 hectares private reserve is the one for you. I must say there is nothing to put you in place than seeing an adult elephant up close, it makes […]

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Fashion: Gudrun Sjödén Summer 2011 Africa Based Lookbook

Gudrun Sjödén [Africa Inspired] While leisurely flipping through the ‘Mail on Sunday’s’ (3rd April 2011) ‘You magazine’ supplement I saw a rather dreamy African inspired photoshoot, advertising the latest ‘Early Summer 2011’ collections from Swedish clothing label Gudrun Sjödén. The backdrop of the editorial drew me before I’d even taken notice of the clothes; I guess such is the power of a comfortingly familiar savannah landscape of over me. Beautifully shot on location in various parts of Botswana, ‘Early Summer’ comprises four core looks that are laidback and easy to wear. Founding the company in 1976 designer, Gudrun Sjödén’s states that […]

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Jewellery: The Shining Light Awards Collection of Diamond Creations

The Shining Light Awards collection [South Africa]: Overall winner – David Atho Moatisi    It is a sad fact that a large part of Africa’s mineral wealth gets mined using local labour and is then usually shipped out to the benefit of a company that is often internationally based. Diamonds coveted all over the world for their brilliance and perceived value are one such mineral, part of an industry that has been tainted by oppression, violence and corruption, serious issues often overshadowing the achievements being made in nurturing local talent. First launched in 1996 by the Diamond Trading Company – part of […]

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Food & Drink: Dorah Sithole Cooking from Cape to Cairo

Dorah Sithole [South Africa] [Image source: Tafelberg] Whether it’s a steaming plate of sadza ne nyama, a beautifully fragranced lamb tagine, spicy jollof rice or a Sunday roast; our favourite foods done just the way we like it provide a source of comfort, reminding us of Mum’s good home cooking and with Mother’s Day in the UK a week away, on Sunday 3rd April what a good day as any to get together, cook up a feast and honour our Mothers as we make them feel extra, extra special. As the flurry of gift buying gets underway if your Mum […]

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Design: Sidney Molepo Furniture Designs

Sidney Molepo     It all starts with a sketch… that effectively communicates the simplicity and visual aesthetic of furniture designer Sidney Molepo’s stunning creations. Displaying a sense of beauty through form and function Sidney’s furniture is also sculptural in nature. Sleek, clean lines are executed in hardwoods such as Maple and Walnut, and at times accentuated with splashes of bright colour.     [Image credit: Sketches and Bounce Chair – Sidney Molepo] Born in Botswana to South African parents, raised in Ottawa, Canada and now working in New York, Sidney describes his creative influences as mid-century modern with South African design […]

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