Home to 1.3B+ people across 54 recognized countries, 3,000 ethnic groups who are more genetically diverse than the inhabitants of the rest of the world combined and who speak 1,500+ languages [one quarter of the world's languages are spoken only in Africa], 50,000 plant species, 1,000 mammal species [including 4 of 5 of the fastest mammals on land] and 1,500 bird species, Africa is undeniably the most diverse continent on earth.
The source of inspiration to countless western fashion brands over the years, I struggled to find a brand that celebrated the rich beauty of my homeland Africa in an authentic yet sophisticated way.
So I started researching the history of African jewelry, from the trade beads prized in antiquity to the modern day handcrafted jewelry made from the abundance of precious metals and jewels found in the continent. Compelled to share everything that I'd learned with the world, I decided to leave my unfulfilling corporate career and pursue what I was truly passionate about, creating a brand that would draw from this rich archive yet embody the complexity of modern day Africa.
Named in Swahili after a spice gifted to royalty in antiquity, Dalasini’s designs – reminiscent of the symbolism of objets d'art handed down from generation to generation – are bold, sophisticated and timeless.I hope you fall in love just like I am, welcome to Dalasini.