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Making feather fancy

Ambica Shah who makes jewellery from feathers at The Alchemist, Nairobi. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG
Ambica Shah who makes jewellery from feathers at The Alchemist, Nairobi. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG 

The single feather earring hangs from the ear of one of the models at a photo shoot. Unique and colourful, the asymmetry of the piece seems to create a balance without having a partner piece.

This is one of the feather collections from Kapoeta by Ambica, a jewellery line by designer Ambica Shah.

The tribal feathers, as she describes them, serve as a medium and as an inspiration for her pieces that have featured on runways, photo shoots and are a favourite for stylish Kenyans.

Her line is not really driven by trends but it is aligned to what is relevant. She had been making collars for a while when she saw one of her biggest design inspirations, Alexander McQueen make an incredible feather collar for one of his collection using multi coloured feathers.

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