By infusing rich tones and elements, such as brass, copper, silver and wood, jewelry designer Ashley McFarlane, takes her Asikere Afana line to another level with her latest collection. “I wanted things that are loud, but also muted,” states the young jewelry designer, “so I found myself wanting things that I could wear to work, but were different and also have African and traditional elements.”
Inspired by her Jamaican heritage, most notably her Maroon native grandfather, McFarlane’s vision for Asikere Afana, which in the West African (Ghanaian) tree language translates to sugar, water and machete, is to bring intensity and culture to a person’s daily attire. The young designer’s aim is to bring natural glam and chic to the everyday woman and allow her to exude confidence and power.
With originality at the forefront of the line, the collection offers the use of natural items, such as gems, seeds and beads, all imported from the country of inspiration, Ghana. The intricate detailing of the various necklaces, earrings and bracelets demonstrates that Asikere Afana is designed for the woman who adorns herself in gems and fine, one-of-a-kind pieces. To add to the originality of the line, McFarlane also incorporates recycled goods such as beads, silvers and brass, to make the line more eco-friendly.
“My clothing is pretty much all made from African fabric, which is basically Ankara fabric and Dashiki fabrics… A lot of it combines traditional elements, so there’s a lot of wrapping and a lot of layering.” – Ashley McFarlane
Asikere Afana doesn’t just stop at jewellery. The line also has one-of-a-kind clothing and handheld accessories such as clutches and purses, to accompany the handmade jewellery collections. “My clothing is pretty much all made from African fabric, which is basically Ankara fabric and Dashiki fabrics,” explains the young creative, “… A lot of it combines traditional elements, so there’s a lot of wrapping and a lot of layering.”
No matter whether you are the versatile fashion forward bevy or simply looking to try new styles, Asikere Afana has what you are looking for. From brass to beads, and clutches to wraps, customers can emulate the powerful goddess from within and still be the knock out at the party in various one of a kind pieces that show creativity and flare.
Words By. Aliecia Brissett + Photos By. Fitzroy Facey