The Legendary Artisan- Alan Donovan

“To those outside its magnetic spell, Africa may seem
incomprehensible, fathomless, in the primordial past. Yet,
wherever we are in the world, everyone one of us had an African
ancestor, that much is almost certain. Africa is the cradle
of humanity….. As a co-founder of African Heritage, the
continent’s first Pan African Gallery, in Nairobi, Kenya, I
discovered Africa’s rich legacy to the world’s art….. I served
as a conduit and catalyst to reveal the awesome beauty of
Africa to its visitors and to others around the world” by Alan Donovan.

I was humbled to be hosted by the renowned Alan Donovan of African Heritage in his stunning Timbuktu Castle.He lay the foundation and passed on knowledge that trickled down and influenced numerous creatives.Alan’s passion and creativity in African art was my first point of contact with the World of Art.I was a frequent visitor of the African Heritage at Libra House .All the accessories mesmerized me,i imagined one day creating jewelry equally as beautiful.Today i got the opportunity to exchange ideas with this amazing creative,the experience was priceless.

Creativity is a journey in which the people you meet inspire you to do things differently…….be part of our cruise on http://www.etsy.com/shop/lukagwa.

Casino Malindi Fashion Show 2015

This is a yearly Fashion event held at the Casino in Malindi by Daniela Cellini. It was our first fashion show since the inception of Lukagwa.I definitely made a few blunders like appearing for the fitting with no jewelry(I thought I was going to meet the models only).On the day of the fashion show my assigned photographer didn’t know my product so he took photos of the wrong collection. Despite such errors it turned out to be an amazing night of couture fashion. Here is a sneak preview………

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Moments before the show…….Enjoying the scenes and sights of Malindi with the Lukagwa Crew.

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IDEAS THAT WILL COMPLIMENT YOUR TRIBAL PRINT CLOTHING

Tribal print has been a trend which simply refuses to go away. People fell in love with the fun prints that make part of a perfect outfit for every occasion. The eye catching bold colors and exotic flare they exude with a wide array of texture available; tribal prints are a must for any wardrobe.

In Southern and Eastern part of Africa the Dutch wax print is popular due to its bold color.It is popularly used to make Kitenge outfits for occasions. We have the Aloha print that is the Hawaiian Fashion and Batik print that is trendy in South East Asia.

Tribal print clothing comes in all types; dresses, trousers, leggings, tops, jackets, sweaters, shoes, caps… everything. So how does one accessorize the tribal print clothing?

Way 1

Choose one color from the prints and use it in choosing your accessories, usually the neutral color.  You can use this color for your earrings,belts, necklaces, bracelets or shoes. Avoid too much contrast, however, you can also choose vivid colors for a daring look.

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Way 2

When choosing earrings use dangling earrings for a more alluring look. You can also wear chunky earrings with the look.

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Way 3

When choosing bangles and bracelets, the chunkier the better. You can also opt for wooden bangles or beaded bracelets.

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Way 4

When choosing necklaces go for funky, bold necklaces. Remember the chunkier the better. You can also wear  beaded necklaces to spice your look.

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Way 5

You can also accessorize a tribal print look with a hat, over-sized clutch bags, trendy sunglasses and funky chunky rings.

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Remember with prints, less is more. So when accessorizing your look, do not overdo it, choose a maximum of 3 pieces to work with your look and don’t wear too much of one piece. One each is appropriate.

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The Bizarre Bazaar christmas craft fair

Just as the name suggests this Christmas event is out of the ordinary. The location is prime and ideal;situated at the center of Karura forest a midst tall green leafy trees. The surroundings create a cool and laid back sort of atmosphere favorable for shopping. Bizarre Bazaar Christmas fair is a yearly event that brings together an eclectic mix of artisans whom showcase their works of Art. It is an opportune time for people to mingle,buy Christmas gifts or simply spoil themselves. This event is always dubbed by the unique items on sale, lovely entertainment and great food.

This year Lukagwa African Art& Jewelers was accorded the opportunity to showcase its collection of authentic African jewelry. It is only the chosen few who get this opportunity we were proud to be associated with Bizarre Bazaar. The big wigs in the fashion and design industry were definitely present the likes of Zinj,Adele Dejak,Maro,Afri Kindu,BJ Crafts,Sandstorm Leather,Rift Valley Leather and so on.

We chose a coastal theme for our display since our jewelry collection is inspired by Shela island in Lamu. On display souvenirs from the pristine sandy beaches of Shela island were spotted.We chose to use the antique Lamu wooden candle stands,their traditional horn trumpet that was used to call for a meeting and the handwoven mats popularly known as “Mia”.In a bid to add flavor we used shells that i hand picked from the sea shores to create that feeling of the sea.I chose muted colors like black and white background to compliment my colorful pieces of jewelry.

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Black fly designs rocked the event with their fabulous Vitenge jackets and leather belts.Their popular style of retro boy jackets made from Ghanaian fabric was definitely a plus.

In line with the theme of the event Brew Bistro brought the house down with their awesome cocktails and locally brewed beer.The children from Kibera effortlessly kept us entertained with their dances,recitals and acrobatics.For those whom didn’t make it to the event we captured the beautiful moments to share with you.

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The Intrigues of Shela collection Photoshoot!!!

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What was to be our first photo shoot for the SHELA collection started out in Panaito Studios on Koinange street adjacent to Java coffee shop. Our photographer was the very artistic Zafarani the photo shoot took around 2hrs. We used rose white soapstone bust sculptures as the props for the shoot. We had a very intriguing morning transporting the props across the streets of Nairobi as on lookers took a moment to stare.

After the early morning photo shoot, we then proceeded to the Karura forest where we chose to capture the jewellery under the regal scenery of the Karura forest waterfalls. We decided on the waterfalls because the SHELA collection was inspired by nature.

Upon entry of the Karura forest, we were requested by the guide to buy a map so as to locate our destination with ease. However, we were confident we couldn’t get lost as this was not the first time in Karura forest and decided against it. The guide then instructed us to keep left and we would be there in no time.

We got on our way, kept left just as instructed and after an hour or so we realized that we were lost! We circled our way around until we met a guy who was cycling he told us to keep going till we reach a certain barrier. After about 45 minutes we arrived at the waterfall. Phew… what a relief! The whole journey to the waterfall took us 2hr and 45 minutes! Meaning we had almost circled the whole Karura forest. The scenery was worth the effort.

On reaching the waterfall, we had a lovely time during the photo shoot. We had two photographers and a model. One photographer captured the model while the other took photos of the whole photo shoot. What a great time! Zafarani the photographer took the most amazing photos as he put himself in the most precarious positions just to get the best shots.

Our model, Cynthia Mwenje, did a wonderful job also in taking the best photos. She was easy to direct and very professional. We dressed her up in a silk like fabric that would be able to bring out the beauty of the jewellery.

All in all we had a great time and can’t wait for the next photo shoot! Thank you to all the photographers and our model.

Launch Of Shela Collection

We are excited to announce the launch of the SHELA collection. The 2012 collection from Lukagwa African Art and Jewelers promises to be a most exciting and engaging affair.

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