'I launched Ditsala Designs because I want to leave a legacy and promote our rich heritage,' says founder, Koketso Mohlala. 'I was tired of seeing young Africans that were following European and American trends, forgetting that our heritage is so full of colour, style, and class.'
The world is certainly paying attention and Africa is finally telling her own stories. And what’s the story behind the name? 'Ditsala means friends in Setswana and I regard everyone that supports my hustle,' a friend.
Mohlala studied PC Engineering and was offered an MQA (Mining Qualifications Authority) Learnership with Atteridgeville Jewellery Projects when she graduated. She went on to Umjindi Jewellery Projects for an advanced Rhino3D course where she was trained and mentored by designer, Evert Van Eangelan. In 2015, she was one of 25 South African students selected to study at Tari Design School in Italy. She recently graduated with a European Master Diploma in Goldsmith, Gemstone Setting, and Design.
Ditsala Designs has three main ranges; Fashion Freak, inspired by street fashion, Africa is mine, and I AM here, for when you want to make a statement. Each piece of jewellery is uniquely designed and finely handcrafted with love and passion. Ditsala Design also offers customised pieces.
The Ditsala circle is getting bigger and includes Amanda Black, Lira, Essence magazine's Yolanda Sangweni, TV personality Penny Lebyane, jazz musician Wanda Baloyi, Thembi Seete, and many more. Ditsala Design celebrates Africa in all her glory, from ankara to ankh inspired accessories, (belts, headpieces, and cufflinks), afro-comb and amandla fist earrings, keyholders, Fulani earrings by the Fulani tribe of West Africa, the Zulu iziqhaza earrings, Venda and Tsonga inspired bangles and neckpieces.
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