Traditional craftsmanship & modern design: New opening of ABURY
The newly opened ABURY
store at BIKINI BERLIN is presenting elaborately embroidered bags, colourful scarves, cushions with modern patterns and eye-catching jewellery as far as the eye can see. But there’s a lot more to ABURY than “just” chic accessories. The label brings together traditional artisan communities with young, innovative designers to create unique, handmade products with a focus on style, ethics and sustainability. To choose the best designers, the company has initiated the ABURY Design Experience, the first global contest for designers.
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Winner and designer Ruth Hepburn from England, for example, spent two months in Ethiopia working with the local Sabahar artisan community. This has resulted in a unique collection that will be presented in the next few weeks. But until then, you can check out the wool scarves and beach throws by Sabahar, which are entirely handmade in Ethiopia and of a very high quality.
The modern label isn’t just getting contest winners on board, however, but also other designers from all over the world who base their approach on ABURY’s three cornerstones: handmade production, modern design and social impact. These wide bracelets really caught my eye because their shape reminds me of falling raindrops. They are made in Ecuador from 100 percent tagua, a nut from South America, and sustainably dyed with natural dyes. From vibrant blue to exotic red down to sleek cream, you’re sure to find the colour to suit you and your outfit!
Personally, I also love the textile clutches and accessories by Pais Textil. They are made in Peru under fair working conditions with fair wages and are simply the perfect everyday companion! You can buy these stylish products with a clean conscience as their production is preventing traditional Peruvian craftsmanship from being forgotten by breathing new life into old weaving techniques.
Another special edition I would like to tell you about are the colourful baskets by ABURY x WomenCraft Tanzania. WomenCraft is a social enterprise in Tanzania that enables the poorest women in rural regions to overcome poverty by working. ABURY is stocking an exclusive series of baskets with WomenCraft in its store. They are made by women from Burundi in a refugee camp in the north-west of Tanzania with straw they find lying around the camp.
But for me, the signature ABURY items are the wonderfully embroidered yet modern Berber bags from Morocco. They are fairly produced using the finest goatskin and cactus silk and it takes 16 hours of meticulous handwork to make every single one. These timeless leather shoulder bags will accompany you for a long time to come!
If you wish to find out more about ABURY and the social impact of its products, you should definitely also check out the ABURY Foundation and Portraid, a charitable art project that uses photography as a medium to creatively illustrate problems, and in doing so provide a way to solve them with the proceeds of the photos.