Photos: Leigh Page
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.
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Stories from Behind the Scenes
African Baroque was honoured to be part of a collaborative shoot with two very exciting Cape Town designers; Coast and Koi who make exquisite babouche shoes and The Travelling Jackets of Africa who give new life to vintage jackets through embroidered and...read more
Beauty from Small Things Ethiopian silver beads are objects of beauty in their own right. They vary a lot in quality but all bear the tell tale marks of hand craft and this is a large part of the allure they have for me. In a world bursting with machine...read more
Kaira textile necklace perfectly captures the rich earthy colors of Africa; the dry terracotta Kalahari, the greens of the rolling Savannah and the deep blues of the Nile, longest river in the world. This gallery will give you an opportunity to see close up the...read more
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What you say about us…
I have two pieces of jewellery from the lovely Colleen and was fortunate to meet her on our trip to South Africa; I love handmade items and textiles created with love, care and innovation and her products tick all the boxes! Order from her if you want something unique and which will be a joy to wear.
Jennifer Evans (UK)
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. 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)