These Larissa Hadjio Handbag Designs Mimic African Artworks

 - Aug 15, 2013
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The Masquerade Collection by Larissa Hadjio takes its visual inspiration from traditional African disguises often worn during celebrations and tribal ceremonies. This line of handbag accessories pays homage to ethnic artworks by mixing abstracted shapes and human-inspired elements that resemble simplified facial features and teeth.

The London-based designer and Central St Martins graduate aimed to transform her ritualistic inspiration into a wearable accessory line that was as practical as it was aesthetically interesting. Combining raw materials with intricate craftsmanship, these accessories by Larissa Hadjio are a contemporary take on Nigerian cultural mask forms.

The collection displays eight different styles that are constructed using snakeskin, lamb leathers and suedes mixed with teak and coconut woods. Moreover, these unique pieces boast sculptural 3D pattern cutting details that reference architectural forms.