It has been an incredibly busy Fashion Week season for Mombasa these past few months.
Mombasa recently participated in Day 3 OC FASHION WEEK® f/w17; presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach. Tatiana Shabelnik brought her globally inspired collection “Contrast” to the runway. The show took place at Soka University’s Founders Hall and wowed the audience. We were honored to introduce our couture jewelry collection to the fashion audience and industry insiders.
Mombasa and fashion designer Tatiana Shabelnik teamed again for a great cause at the American Heart Association Charity Event on April 1st in Beverly Hills at the LA Fashion Showcase "Rock the Red" Event.
On April 29th, Mombasa sponsored the CuffLinks Red Carpet Soirée at “Float” Hard Rock & Fashion Show with designer Lisseth Corrao in downtown San Diego. The event raised money and awareness for pediatric cancer.
Hats off to these beautiful ladies for making our jewelry designs come alive!
Love & Light,
Africans have used jewelry since the beginning of time. In her book “Africa Adorned”, Angela Fisher shows the huge diversity of adornment in Africa. African jewelry is full of symbolism and communicates the status of the person wearing it; their prowess if they are priestess or a warrior, whether single or married, dowry size, etc. Worn by both men and women, all forms of organic materials are used as amulets or fetishes – metal, feather, leather, bone, horn, shell, wood, beads and or semi-precious stones.
The Karo tribe living along the borders of the lower Omo River in Ethiopia, incorporate rich, cultural symbolism into their rituals by using ornate body art, intricate headdresses and body scarification to express beauty and significance within their community.
The Tuareg who are among the last nomads on earth are famous for their stunning silver jewelry, hand etched in traditional designs. The cross of the Agadez is the most famous among the 21 emblems of the Tuareg – 21 different designs, each representing a specific nomadic enclave of Niger. One interpretation among many of their cross design is a representation of the Four Corners of the Earth – a metaphysical and spiritual compass for a people who are always on the move.
The variety of style of jewelry amongst african tribes and regions is as diverse as the continent itself. Jewelry is integral to our identity. It is innately in our DNA to express our creativity. It is in the rhythm that is Africa…the music, dance, landscape, architecture and art. It is our “Our Collective Genius”! Our tribal style is often duplicated on fashion runways. Billions has been made from the appropriation of our culture. We are and have always been taste makers.
In the words of George C. Wolfe “God created black people and black people created style.”
Love & Light!