Shweshwe Star Burst Bangle
Made of sterling silver and exotic or African hardwood decorated with the hallmark shweshwe pattern made using Hombisa’s signature Milky Way technique, and five diamonds.
Shweshwe is to fabric what the Milky Way is to the firmament.
With a history dating back to Arab and Phoenician trade, bolts of intricately patterned indigo cloth were given to King Moshweshwe of Lesotho by early European missionaries – and the name shweshwe stuck. In those early days, the designs, often incorporating concentric circles, were made using picotage, a fabric printing method very similar to my Milky Way technique.
In as much as shweshwe is now used for haute couture as well as houseware, a shweshwe bangle can be worn equally at home or out to a special occasion.
Combined with the Milky Way technique’s starbursts, this bangle, made of exotic or African hardwood, features five diamonds and an inner sterling silver lining. With the hallmark shweshwe pattern made of thousands of little silver dots inlaid one by one, it can take me up to a week to make one bangle.