Hanging On By One Fine Thread

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 6th, 2010

When I spoke to one of It’s My Time‘s UK finalists, Soraya, she was very proud to point out that her style was very much influenced by her Ghanian roots.

I was really inspired by the fact that she actively supports Ghana artisanal crafts by going back regularly to have clothes made up or to buy pieces of locally made jewellery.

It almost puts my own complete disconnection with local artisans in Hong Kong where I’m originally from completely to shame but then again, they’re two entirely different cultures.

Which brings me to jewellery connoisseur Anna Haber’s venture One Fine Thread, a website which aims to highlight the global traditions of craftsmanship and ancient skills that are slowly becoming extinct due to the rise of mass production.

After encountering bushmen of the Kalahari in Botswana (through the model Lily Cole funnily enough!), Haber wanted to create awareness of the Bushmen and their specific craft of jewellery made out of ostrich egg shells. The range entitled the ‘Desert of the Kalahari‘ was quickly snapped up by super boutiques such as Dover Street market and shot for Vogue. The new collection shown here photographed BEAUTIFULLY by photographer Boo George, is a collaborative effort between jeweller Sabine Roemer and the Bushmen.

By applying traditional techniques to a fashion-led collection, comes a stunning alchemy that really showcases the ostrich egg shell beads which are coloured by frying and roasting. Porcupine quills are also used as well along with more conventional materials like silver, velvet and satin to make these beautiful pieces that I would wear in a heartbeat.

I may not have reconciled my own problems with incorporating my own culture into my personal style in the same way that Soraya has but I’m definitely intrigued by the fusion of age-old tradition of global cultures together with contemporary fashion as exemplified perfectly by One Fine Thread’s ventures.

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