"By wearing our delicate and elegant afrominimalist jewellery, you become an ambassador of heritage and know-how dating back hundreds of years of multiple African cultures such as those of the Ashanti, Akan, Ewe, Bamiléké, which you are helping to preserve."
Katiopa was the name of Africa in Kongo kingdom before the colonialism occurred. Through the brand Dear Katiopae aims to change the narrative and tell the real stories of this amazing continent.
Through modern, delicate and chic jewellery, Dear Katiopae tell the story of various African cultures Ashanti, Akan, Bamileke, Ewe, Masai and others by reinterpreting ancestral forms and symbols and enlightening the traditional skills and crafts. By wearing a Dear Katiopae jewel, you are helping to preserve century-old heritages and traditions.
Creations are designed and assembled by the founder Aïcha herself in London. The bronze and brass pieces are made by artisans from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Kenya. The jewels are melted from bronze or brass thanks to the artisanal technique of lost wax, which sublimates imperfections and makes each piece unique.
The 3 E of DK:
Ethnic: respect for ancestral traditions and techniques.
Ethics: fair trade with blacksmiths artisans and other pearl manufacturers.
Environmentally friendly: Dear Katiopae uses recycled glass beads and recycled brass for most of it’s jewels.