South African jewellery designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik‘s latest collection ‘Baraka’ for this Spring Summer 2015 has strong North African ethnic ties. These corded, bound, woven, modern-day talismans are stunning creations, a spirited vision from the hotbed of Cape Town.
Striking royal blue, teal and signal blood red combined with gold, black and white make for arresting lucky charms. Inspired by the nomadic tribes of North Africa, the Berbers, and Islamic Malian architecture they are divine amulets and spiritual armour. The Arabic word ‘Baraka’ means blessing, flowing through the physical and spiritual, bringing with it prosperity, protection, and happiness. Core to Pichulik’s design ethic is this connection with the history of adornment. As the designer herself puts it, “Jewellery has always been linked to spirituality and important rites of passage. Pieces were crafted with a purpose and imbued with powers such as protection and healing. ‘Baraka’ excites me as it offers the opportunity to restore this.”
Set against fellow South African fashion designer Kat Van Duien’s voluminous garments in pure white this certainly is an summertime apparition of the most beautiful kind! Layered and bountiful, the dense cord and delicate gold beading are reminiscent of the jewels of days gone by with a modern twist.