Are you thinking fashion is the gift of the recent decades? If you thought like that, you must update yourself well in fashion, it sounds may weird but true , now we are enjoy the fashion branches from the root of the traditional fashion, each ornament or each antique jewelries now we using must reflects the glory of the olden traditional jewelry. In our review, we will see how the Africa rich in traditional fashion ornaments. Why we opt the African traditional ornaments among the other ancient and glory regions of the country, which is the simple to say, Africa is the great vast continent with many divergence in region, culture, people and more. Let’s begin,
Ancient African’s treated this ornaments as one of the important wealth of them, they liked to worn it because they thought these are the way to expose the pride and power of each one, initially they worn the necklace or bracelet made by the tusk, shell, leather. Recently discovered the oldest African jewelry, which was made by the old and are pea-sized, mollusc shell beads. African’s like to made their jewelry from organic materials like hide, porcupine quill, bone, animal teeth, animal hair, seeds, nuts, husks, sea and land shells, egg shell, wood, ivory and carved stone.
In Kenya people manufactured large, faceted iron beads, moulded glass and ceramic trade beads, brass bells, during that period the copper and iron alloys were used to produce pendants and simple and fashion jewellery. Among the all material the Ivory and amber placed an important role in African trade and handicrafts. Jewelries made from all the above mentioned material has been used to used to adorn necks, ears, arms, legs, toes, hair, waists and more by the jewels called Necklaces, Bracelets, Anklets, Earrings, Nose rings, Headdresses, headbands, Hair ornaments, Clasps for cloth and wraps and so on.
Other important factors are what are available locally, what has been traded and what the traditions are practicing in the different cultures, based on these factors tribal African select their ornaments. For example, in Nigeria bronze is available s they obviously use the bronze as a main object in their ornaments. Similarly the kings of the Ghana liked to show their wealth in the way of wearing gold ornaments such as the Gold bracelets, necklaces and rings and so on.(image by ViAfrika)
They are the real high Tec fashion people because they can made even an unusual stones in to the precious by its creative thought. The great example for this creative mind is African gemstone jewellery, which means the precious stones such as the turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, topaz and so on. When these precious stones combine with the unusual material source like fossils and ebonized wood to give the birth to the fashion jewelry. Some of the African jewelry items are big and bold and chunky, which was made by using ethnic metal beads, ostrich and ebony discs. So tribes were not just tribes in Africa in ancient days they were the wonderful creative mind people.
So enjoy the glory and pride of the ancient traditional ornaments of Africa.
featured image courtesy by ViAfrika