Africa - Pagne and Silk Mask
The Africa collection maintains the characteristics that are now the hallmarks of Lebole Gioielli's creations, such as the use of fabric, the use of unique pieces and the asymmetry of the earrings. Instead, the inspiration that makes the shapes and the origin 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. These are not just material products to dress with, but embody, through their decorations, a sort of "archetype" on which the social and religious identities of this people are drawn.
The Africa earrings consist 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, which is a rectangular-shaped 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 by learning, but completely assimilated to appear spontaneous and natural. The most popular pagne is cotton made with the wax-print technique and Lebole Gioielli, for the three shapes of the new Collection, selects these fabrics.
The wax-print consists of printing with a complex mixed technique that ensures solidity of the colors and an "artisan" appearance of great aesthetic effect, also thanks to the craquelures, small irregularities deliberately caused by the manufacturing method. The wax uses the technique of wax dyeing with reserves: protecting some parts of the fabric with wax and impregnating it with dye, 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 the colors on the fabric with wooden pads shaped according to the parts of the pattern to be printed.
The wax-print fabrics were born in 1893 in Holland and are still produced today by Dutch companies that jealously hold the patents for a specifically and exclusively African market.
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