What comes to your mind when you hear the word Afronista? Donning a certain type of dress or hairstyle? Well, it is a bit of all your appearance. Have you been looking for a way to earn our Afronista stamp of approval? Well, Gone Rural is giving you a chance to be more than just an Afronista. It is a chance for you to impact the lives of the rural dwellers while advancing your African style.
Sustainability is important to us, as is preserving the way things have been done here over time to remain authentic 🙏Our materials are locally, ethically sourced & the process is integral to the finished designs you enjoy in your homes. ✨ pic.twitter.com/VQWJbOnqSF
— Gone Rural Swaziland (@GoneRural) March 28, 2018
Gone Rural is spearheading an initiative that encourages the use of local craft to create beautiful African pieces. Some of the local craftswomen that are part of the initiative are seeing improving finances and better livelihood. Additionally, the initiative is helping to promote African culture beyond the shores of the continent.
We are proud to say that our artisans will always be a part of our mission for a better tomorrow ❤ pic.twitter.com/RvPYwV4Jm3
— Gone Rural Swaziland (@GoneRural) May 3, 2018
Some Afronista’s rock their look with creative African style print outfits and headwraps while others use subtle accents to make a bold statement. Below is a list of 5 of our favorite items from the South African brand, Gone Rural – Safari Curios that will earn you an Afronista stamp of approval while developing and empowering women in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).
A part of the #ruralprocess includes testing new colours and designs.
Came across these two in our shop this week! What do you think? #ruralprocess #gorural #gonerural #funwithcolour pic.twitter.com/GYQq6cQhqU
— Gone Rural Swaziland (@GoneRural) April 24, 2018
5 Simple Afronista Accents that Make a Statement
There is no way you can beat your chest as an Afronista if you don’t have one of the following in your closet. The good thing with these accessories is that they blend with virtually any African attire.
Afronista Kitchen Accents
Out with the boring, in with the exotic. Living Afronista is not a ‘some days’ thing, it is an all-day thing. One way to incorporate the Afronista lifestyle is with a beautiful Zulu woven telephone wire bowl. You can use it to serve fruits or just as an accent piece in your home. It comes in different sizes.
Afronista Statement Necklace
The Gone Rural Traditional African Zulu beaded necklace is a statement piece. There aren’t too many ways that can say “I am proud of my African identity” better than this delightful, authentic hand-made Zulu accessory.
Afronista Bold colored accessories
This colorful round Zulu multi-color beaded necklace is all about boldly declaring your identity. It is beautiful and regal. It gives a boost to monotone outfits and accents bright-colored items.
Afronista African Style Stacked bracelets
Stacking beaded bangles is a lovely way to scream Afronista without trying. These bangles come in many colors and styles. Mix and match different types to create more interest with these African Zulu beaded large bangles. One important feature of Zulu accessories is their flamboyant colors.
Afronista African Style Jazzy Headbands
The Safari Curios headband may be subtle but it adds the noticeable element that says, “Afronista in the house”. You can don any outfit and simply put on your headband and that is enough to Afronize any look.
|African Zulu beaded wide Alice band – Sky collection||African Zulu beaded thin Alice band – Purple/white/gun-metal|
The women behind Gone Rural – Safari Curios
The aim of the Safari Curios brand is to continue helping, developing and empowering women in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), who otherwise would have no means of earning a living other than from social grants. They have over 80 women making bead and telephone wire crafts in rural areas. Most are the primary breadwinners in their families. Typically, the women support ten people including their own children and extended family members.
Safari Curios shares the traditional skills of these South African women passed down generations to create contemporary and unique African pieces that are fashionable, fresh, and wearable in everyday life.
Sponsored By: Gone Rural – Safari Curios