The Africa collection keeps the characteristics that are now the hallmarks of Lebole Gioielli's creations, such as the use of the fabric, the use of unique pieces and the asymmetry of the earrings. Instead, the inspiration that makes the shapes and provenance of the fabric the heart of the collection changes: AFRICA. In Africa, fabrics are messages overflowing with content, the spiritual and earthly testimony of being. They are not just material products to dress with, but they embody, through their decorations, a sort of "archeotext" on which the social and religious identities of this people are designed.
Africa earrings are made up of an asymmetrical pair of subjects: the mask combined with the map of Africa or the mask combined with the female figure. The fabric is applied on a very light wooden core.
The female figure wears a pagne, that is, a rectangular fabric that can be worn in many different ways. The pagne represents an object of aesthetic evaluation, a sign of prestige and an instrument of seduction that in many African contexts remains the basic garment of women's clothing. Wearing a pagne is an art and requires a mastery of gestures acquired by imitation or learning, but completely assimilated to appear as spontaneous and natural. The most common page is cotton made with the wax-print technique and Lebole Gioielli, for the three silhouettes of the new collection, selects these fabrics.
The wax-print consists in printing with a complex mixed technique that ensures a solidity of the colors and an "artisan" appearance of great aesthetic result, also thanks to the craquelures, small irregularities deliberately caused by the manufacturing method. The wax uses the technique of wax dyeing with reserves: by protecting certain parts of the fabric with wax and impregnating it with dyeing, a series of patterns or shapes are obtained. The operation is repeated several times and the last stage of its manufacture, the one that gives the wax its label, is the application of colors on the fabric with wooden pads shaped according to the parts of the motif to be printed.
The wax-print fabrics were born in the Netherlands in 1893 and are still produced today by Dutch companies that jealously hold the patents for a specifically and exclusively African market.