The African Influence of The Ecliptic Earrings
Another day, another drop! We were so excited about our Ecliptic Earring Collection that we have decided to share even more with you. And this time round most of our prints have been inspired by traditional African Wax Prints. In typical halfway there.. fashion, we believe it is important to talk more about the inspiration behind the pieces so this week we will be looking into these prints, their origins and what they mean to African culture.
Where it all began...
First things first, a little background history lesson is needed. African wax prints actually came from the Netherlands in 1893, brought to the African Gold Coast. They grew as status symbols and, by the 1950s, female entrepreneurs brought the fabrics into Togo and gave them names. With Africa fighting for their independence in the 60s, wax prints started to be made locally but have now become more accessible to the rest of the world. The technique of producing such prints is called batik, in which designs are printed onto a cloth using wax before being dyed. This creates a cracking effect through the textile, however it is these imperfections are considered to be unique and beautiful.
The significance of colour
Over the years, wax prints have developed messages and symbols behind them, becoming a form of visual communication for African women. Everything from the name, to the shapes to the colours used hold a great deal of meaning and spirituality, differing depending on the tribes and sub-groups of the culture. We will dive into the colour meanings first, before getting into the specific prints!
The meanings behind the patterns
We found ourselves extremely inspired by, not only the colours and patterns displayed on these amazing earrings, but also the meanings behind them and how they hold such important messages - without saying a word! Here we are featuring a few from our collection, along with their original name and the meaning they have.