South African accessory brand Pichulik is a rising star in the fashion world. It's been featured in Spanish and British editions of Vogue. (pictured: AW13 Collection)
Springing from the mind of designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik, the company was named by Vogue in its list of the top ten African fashion brands to watch in 2015. (pictured: AW15 'Pietra Terra' Collection)
Her wearable works of art have found celebrity fans in supermodels Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder (aka, the Urban Bush Baes). They have worn Pichulik's creations in Conde Nast editorials. (pictured: SS15 'Baraka' Collection)
Pichulik says that her accessories require an extensive network of suppliers. Beads, symbols and precious stones from across the continent (and further afield) are sourced from a variety of traders, who have gotten to know her well. (pictured: SS16 'Nolita' Collection)
Pichulik cites her grandmother as an inspiration for her works, having returned from travels during the designer's youth with chests of treasures brought back from foreign lands. (pictured: SS15 'Baraka' Collection)
The key component to her designs is rope, bought from an unlikely source: her ex-boyfriend's father. After encouraging Pichulik to experiment with the material, the father and owner of Rope World ended up becoming one of her largest suppliers. (pictured: AW15 'Pietra Terra' Collection)
The brand's aim is to create "bold jewelry for brave women," and the symbolism of rope is not lost on Pichulik. "Ropes were for restriction," she says. "I guess now, through they're-imagining, they are used for liberation." (pictured: SS15 'Baraka' Collection)
Jewelry can be self-empowering, argues the designer (pictured). For Pichulik it's all about "taking something that is not considered valuable, (the) same as with ourselves when we don't think we are valuable and good enough, and through your engagement with (it), you see it as precious, valuable... That is how we would treat the jewelry, and that is how we would treat the women who wear the jewelry."