Ayana Accessories: African Tribal Heritage In Accessory Design
Ayana Accessories is an African inspired accessory line with a contemporary twist. Ayana, an African name that means ‘beautiful blossom’, aims to create contemporary statement pieces influenced by different African tribes, including Dinka, Samburu, and Zulu Tribes. Revisiting Egypt’s African heritage ultimately improves the nation’s understanding and knowledge on to other African countries upon being enlightened – especially tribes that share the Nile with Egypt. The pieces are meant to be the highlight of the outfit, being worn with basic shirts and letting the accessories speak for itself. Each piece embraces a character and an identity of its own – starting with unique African name, all the way to a unique beading sequence that distinguishes each piece from another. They all also are distinguished with their own backstory each, obtaining a story of their own, being told and shared through the art of accessories. Amongst the most common design element attributed to most of the pieces, apart from the common design element attributed to most of the pieces, apart from the common usage of copper and beads, is the triangular form – an iconic symbol within the African tribes that correlates the piece to only the female gender. Similar to how pink is usually attributed to females, triangles within the Zulu tribes identify accessories for only females. The was ultimately taken and redesigned in a manner to suit the contemporary theme of Ayana and our modern day. What once was an idea a mere inspiration, ultimately formed Ayana and brought contemporary African accessories pieces to life.
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Mahgoub, Dana, "Ayana Accessories: African Tribal Heritage In Accessory Design" (2018). Capstone and Graduation Projects. 27.
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