"Craft is one of the purest exressions of culture; handcrafted items not only build bridges from human to human but also, from culture to culture. In a world that is too often preoccupied by and divided by our differences, the unifying power of handcraft should not be overlooked" ~ Jim Brett in his keynote address to The New Handworker Economy Convention 2018
Worn to be seen
Bili Bra Wear handcrafts removable beaded bra straps. Authentically South African, they are designed, developed and crafted entirely in Cape Town. These innovative bra straps replace regular bra straps with a colourful and comfortable “worn to be seen” alternative and by attaching to strapless bras they result in a meaningful accessory steeped in African influence with unmistakable charm + alluring appeal.
Photo cred: @stilettos_and_sailboats
South African Heritage
Bili BraWear applies a heritage technique to a contemporary end being inspired by the melting pot of culture, tradition and creativity that emanates out of South Africa.
We remind ourselves of our roots yet we seek to move with the times and innovate ways to invent new solutions.
Creativity on every level is our essence. We take our lead from our Creator and we seek the power that lies within the collective.
Our product represents a confluence of South African art, fashion, craft and culture where we celebrate South Africa's rich diversity and the possibilities made possible by unlocking our uniqueness as a nation and together, weaving a bright and beautiful future.
Bili Bra Wear respects the environment by limiting waste at every opportunity, producing quality bra straps by adhering to a timeous handcraft technique and pursues fairness to our producers and customers. The straps are designed to stand the test of time.
Bili Bra Wear is a registered social enterprise addressing some of the social challenges that South Africa faces including township employment, gender inequality and economic inclusion.
Image courtesy of @coloursofakind - our German partner supporting women at the heart of what they do.