Afro Boho? What?

Posted by Dipin Chhabra on

Baha'ti just learnt that African Jewellery and African Inspired jewellery is considered to be quite Boho-Centric!  

We looked into it further and went back to what really 'Boho' meant.  Back 200 years, at least.

Bohemian style has, for over 200 years, been an exotic alternative to the accepted fashions of a given period. Generally associated with artists, writers, and intellectuals, bohemian culture incorporates various ethic clothing styles, as well as historical costume.


oldbohoBohemian style consists of loose, colorful clothing and has been known as boho chic, hippie style, and Aesthetic dress. With their long flowing hair and rich, though threadbare fabrics, bohemians stand out in a crowd representing a colorful counterculture based on creativity, poverty, and an indifference to social structures and traditions.    The Bohemians, as a counterculture, appeared in France after the French Revolution.  Many took up a nomadic life style, lived cheaply, and wore worn out and unfashionable or used clothing.  A new cult of personality emerged with the artist as hero and individual style expressed in the way one dressed. An artist became a special type of person, and accentric genius whose creativity was displayed in the way they lived and looked. The artist himself (or herself) was a piece of art.

The Aesthetic Movement became a type of bohemian life style in the 19th century. The Aesthetics rebelled against the rigid social constraints of the Victorian era and embraced a style based on the clothing of the past, particularly medieval dress and oriental designs.   Believing that the mass production of the Industrial Revolution was dehumanizing, the Aesthetics strove to encourage the old techniques of thThe Middle Ages with individually crafted goods. Clothing was loose and soft,using fabrics coloured with organic dyes and decorated with hand embroidery. The  artists of the day rejected corsets and the stiff bodices and restrictive clothing of Victorian fashion.  

HippyBohemian style remained unchanged for years until  in the 50s and 60s it rose again but became associated to young people who were hoping to distance themselves from the materialistic culture of past generations.  Hippy Style - it was referred to.  Again, similiar to the past eras,  It was the era of free mind, breaking free from the confines of the social structures and being enviromentally connected to Mother Earth. Hence, natural fabrics Cheesecloth and cottons, together with free floaty fabrics and designs, reflected those same idea. The look is obviously more modern and classy nowadays but with the same basic ethos of being ethical, handmade and natural.  With layering a mix of trending textures, materials such as leather, lace, It is combined with cultural influences around the world such as Mexico (Aztec Prints & Colours) Africa (Fabrics & Jewellery), India (Cotton & Lace fabrics & Jewellery) & Japan  (Kimonos)


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And that's where we come in to give you that look!  Accessories are just as important to the boho style as your actual clothing.  Materials such as metals, leather, beads and ceramics are all important elements to the boho style.  Boho jewellery is intended to be noticed, big and bold or Mix & Match layers of Necklaces and rings


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