In keeping with her African spirit, Diana has drawn her inspiration from the shapes and textures of centuries-old African jewellery. Throughout history the tribes living on the African continent were instinctively sensitive to adornments and associated it with prestige and status.
The Adinkra collection bears witness to the refined artistic tradition of the Baule people from Ivory Coast. The very intricate designs imitate the basket weaving pattern they were using on flat disks. The flat disks were strung in a series of thirty or more and hung outside the houses of rich dignitaries, on the occasion of certain feasts, symbolising the chief’s desire for prestige.
The name Adinkra designate visual symbols, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Ivory Coast in West Africa, that represent concepts. The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment. There are many different symbols with distinct meanings, often linked with proverbs. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics, pottery, logos and advertising. They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features.
Diana has reinterpreted the power and simplicity of these shapes and symbols to create a very contemporary collection.
This collection mixes unconventional elements together, the glamorous SWAROVSKI® crystals unexpectantly complementing the metal piece and the industrial rubber necklace.