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The Oh Voilà ™ accessories are created by Belgian-born Barbara Kasasa, an accomplished and experienced artist who resides in South Africa. Her work (mixed media paintings and sculptures) is represented in numerous private collections around the world. www.barbarakasasa.com
Always looking for ways of expressing her creativity and her insatiable need for colour, Barbara made some jewellery with bright striped ribbons for herself and some of her close friends. The response was overwhelming in a very short time, so she decided to turn it into a business and launched the company Oh là là! Ribbons with charm in 2010. Since there was a trademark infringement, she re-launched the brand to Oh Voilà mid-2013. The new brand creates a similar range but with new logo, different packaging, more organic beads and charms and an even higher focus on bringing unique fashion accessories at an affordable price.
All Oh Voilà ™ designs are designed and hand made in South Africa, providing sustainable employment opportunities for many formerly unemployed men and women in the dynamic field of African craft-art. Barbara Kasasa works directly with a team of dedicated local women who are empowered to generate income for their families.
Every item goes through the hands of many skilled South African artisans; whether it is the printing of the packaging, the casting and painting of the beads and charms, the weaving of the ribbons, the cutting of the leather, the assembling of the separate items, etc. It is a joint and passionately African effort to make a unique piece of jewellery.
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