Buy African: baby gift ideas, made in Africa

African Baby Gift Ideas

A baby gift list is something I had to put together recently, ahead of my baby shower-ish thing.

My little one is due any moment now and the Google and Instagram algorithms clearly know this as, I’m constantly coming across posts and pages to do with pregnancy and all things babies and motherhood (of course this is a reflection of my browsing history!).

If you’re looking for a beautiful and unique baby gift, here are just a few ideas, made in Africa, from some interesting brands…

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In Pictures: the Monochrome Hues of Winter

As the weather turns, I find that my usually vibrant colour palette gets subverted by an inclination towards the monochrome. It’s clearest when it comes to my wardrobe but, I realised it happening with the photos I was taking too! Here are a few …

 

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[Above: sculpture by Sandile Zulu, titled ‘Spinal Diagnoses: A Histopathological Case II’. Seen at the 1:54 Art Fair. Top image: Beaded jewellery from Sidai Designs, at the ‘Africa Calling’ pop-up curated by Shake the Dust which, returns soon]

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Buy African: Statement Necklaces

Accessories are this girl’s best friend. Drawing them, making them (way back in the day), working with people who design them and of course, wearing them! I love a good pair of dramatic earrings but, when it comes to really making a statement, nothing beats a fabulously bold necklace. These are a few on my wishlist (from top): Pichulik; Nyumbani Design; Mikuti; Pichulik; Dannijo; Christie Brown.

 

Images via the various online shops linked to above.

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Buy African: Monochrome Home

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As much as I love colour in design, black and white can be really interesting too – especially when texture and pattern come into play. Here, some furniture and home decor pieces, in black and white.

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TGIF! Guest Post: Late and Rare

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I’m very happy to present you with a guest post from my dynamic friend, Elelta Demissie aka Ellesbells aka TechWench (which is the name of her web development company). Elelta can be found online: blogging on Nothing to Display; experimenting with and sharing recipes on Eat Alicha (including Eritrean-inspired dishes) and; sharing dope mixes on Mixcloud.  In real life, you can find her joy running around London and hanging out in radio stations, presenting shows. Phew! (tired yet?). And I thought I had many things going on!

Handing over to El and a seriously good set of tracks …

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Art Propelled: An Interview with Artist, Robyn Gordon

Today I’m happy to share this interview with artist, Robyn Gordon, whose work I’ve been admiring for a while. I first came across Robyn via Pinterest as the contents of her wonderfully curated boards resonated so much with what I like. I then discovered that Robyn was an artist herself, living and working in KwaZulu Natal. Inspired by the touch and feel of nature, Robyn creates wooden totems, panels and even quilts, using wire, beads and found objects. These pieces weave a narrative of her life in South Africa – the land, symbols of Africa and her British ancestry. Robyn shares this quote on her website:

“I have tried to study African Art in order to assimilate it into my being, not to copy, but to seek the essence of it, it’s spirit and quality of art.”  

— Hale Woodruff

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Buy African: Wild, Exotic and Opulent Accessories by Pichulik

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The Pichulik brand consists of exciting, "wild neckpieces" and other exotic jewellery and accessories. They are made by self-described cook, creator and jewel maker, Katherine-Mary Pichulik, in Cape Town.

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Buy African: Madwa – Accessories and Home Furnishings Inspired by African Craft Traditions

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Inspired: Fashion and Textile Design by Sindiso Khumalo

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Womenswear textile designer, Sindiso Khumalo is interested in how the fashion textiles industry can create new possibilities and collaborations in the global fashion environment. The brand's vision is “to create a contemporary, modern, textile aesthetic that showcases both the craftsmanship and pushes new ground into future technologies within the textile environment.”

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