Sharing the love & light of Africa – one stitch at a time
Show off your innate sense of style and express your individuality with our bold and colourful accessories. Each piece we make is a labour of love, created slowly by hand from African textiles and beads.
Stories from Behind the Scenes
African Baroque is now available in Japan from Aya Tsujita at the newly established BLOOMS International, Tokyo & Osaka. We are very excited to be represented in this beautiful country. What is interesting is how well our products blend with a culture that is so...read more
"Give me a bead that’s wrapped in joy; find me a bead to carry my grief." Ghanain poet Ama Ata Aidoo Ghana has a long history of bead usage and bead making. This beautiful video takes you into the world of glass beads of Ghana and the cultural value of beads in...read more
Atomic Stardust Textile necklace So what happens when you're given some deep violet satin and simultaneously discover that Ultra Violet is the Pantone colour of the year for 2018? The Pantone introduction to Ultra Violet "UltraViolet is an enigmatic purple shade that...read more
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Colleen, thank you so much for creating such beautiful adornments, mine arrived whilst I was away on holidays in Sydney, Australia, I couldn’t wait to get back home to see my fabulous neck piece. It is divine and I love it, the colours are so vibrant and the beads are fascinating, to top it off, it is just so comfortable and light to wear. I am absolutely delighted.
Sue Harle (Australia)
My cousin Colleen was specially commissioned to create a necklace for my son and daughter-in law’s traditional Zulu wedding… a unique blend of African and Celtic elements, using Scottish tartan, Ghanaian glass beads and embellished with beautiful gold embroidered detail. I could see her artistic juices begin flowing as soon as she was presented with the raw elements. She took the time to really listen and understand the essence of what this gift would symbolise in the uniting of our families and cultures. It was presented to the bride as an integral part of the ceremony,and perfectly matched the dress that we had made for the occasion.
Thank you Colleen for adding that very special personal touch with your beautiful artwork!
Jill MacAthur (South Africa)
I bought two pairs of Colleen’s gorgeous earrings recently and I couldn’t love them more. I feel fabulous whenever I wear them and connected to my home. My only dilemma was which pair to keep and which to give to a friend! Colleen went out of her way to make the process easy, despite geographic distance, and they arrived quickly and beautifully wrapped. Thank you!
Kenda-Lee Gaynham (UK)
Absolutely fabulous. I love my new earrings, thank you so much. Loving bright and bold colours and themes, your earrings are exactly what I wanted. I am 60 in July and am having a party weekend with friends and family. Your fantastic earrings will be worn with pride and excitement. They are bold and beautiful and yet light to wear making them a pleasure to own and an honour to wear. Love them, love them, love them …. may even be back for more at some point in the future.
Sue Hooper Lawrie (UK)