[Image credit: Peacock Feather and Silver Cuff – The Ndau Collection]
I have a thing for peacock feathers; must be the vivid colours, so instantly honed in on the Peacock Feather and Silver Cuff from the Ndau Collection, a collective of jewellery and accessory designers based in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. I would like to wear it around my neck, just imagine the effect when paired with an LDB not necessarily in black though, I’m thinking fuchsia or teal blue… Growing up in Harare, the city and indeed much of the major tourist areas of the country were full of shops showcasing the arts and crafts of artisans and designers across the country and hoping to entice the tourist trade, the Victoria Falls is no exception. Visitors to this part of the country are often in search of their own African adventure and The Ndau Collection embodies the spirit of the intrepid explorer, I can’t help but think of Indiana Jones, something to do with the lost and found treasure feel that surrounds the products I guess!
The site is a treasure trove of jewellery, bags, belts, and other accessories; highly eclectic creations offering something to suit a range of tastes. The Ndau Collection includes jewellery made from objects dating back several decades, as well as recycling and repurposing materials like vintage stones, bones, shell, wood, vintage trade beads, and ostrich eggs to create something new whilst being steeped in history with a sense of place. The jewellery creation techniques used include the Lost Wax process for casting the silver pieces that are then combined with leathers, beads- precious and semi-precious, feathers, horn, and driftwood in addition to the other materials described above. Ultimately these are unique pieces seemingly inspired by the shape and form materials. The Ndau collection also uses exotic leathers that come from legal sources.
[Image credit: Ndau Collection]
The Ndau Collection comprises the talents of designers Christie Halsted, Kelly Landrey, Gail Van Jaarsveldt, Christie Brookstein, Devon Stewart, Tato Louidizis all of whom grew up in Africa, with several of the designers having travelled around the continent and all continually draw inspiration from their experiences and surroundings. The Ndau workshop workshop is situated in the Elephants Walk Shopping complex close to the mighty Zambezi, Victoria Falls and National Parks.
[Image credit: Crystal Passion Collection – Ammonite Gallery]
If visiting the area, the Ndau Collection and recently launched Crystal Passion range are available through the Ammonite Gallery the retail arm of the Ndau Collection and are located in the same complex. A select range of products can also be found on Etsy.
…the Ndau collection, celebrating the spirit of discovery that makes the African continent such an exciting place