ZANAA, which means Illuminate the Source, is a luxury fashion brand showcasing the exquisite jewellery and accessories made in Africa. ZANAA derived from Sanaa in Swahili which means work of art/beauty and Zagaa in Swahili which means illuminate. Based on the rich and diverse African canvas seeking inspiration from cultures and age-old artisan techniques and keeping these alive for generations and continuing the African legacy of craftsmanship. To collaborate with artisans who would otherwise never have the opportunity to have their pieces revered by an audience outside of their domain, these artisans in Uganda, Ethiopia and South Africa, fuse traditional techniques such as weaving and beading with a modern aesthetic to create show-stopping pieces.
Founded in 2009, ZANAA dreams of adorning stylists from London to Los Angeles and Cape Town to Cannes. They don’t believe that dream needs to come true at the expense of people or the planet. Acting responsibly and leaving a legacy are some of the principles that make ZANAA more than just a product. Their glass beads are made from both natural and recyclable materials.
ZANAA was established by Linda Lwanga, who is also the principle designer. Unable any longer to deny her passion for accessories or to ignore the fact that the traditional skills of weaving and beading were slowly being lost in her native Uganda, Linda left her career in engineering, sought out the best artisans and ZANAA was born. And collaboration continues to be central to the ZANAA philosophy.
“Because ZANAA considers the artisans our suppliers and not our employees, I have the privilege of investing in their ideas and it’s exciting to accompany artisans on their journey. One of our beaders, Beauty who lives and works in Diepsloot, a burgeoning settlement on the edge of Johannesburg is not just an excellent craftswoman, she’s also a great teacher and a lively personality. I’m now helping her to set up a school to teach beading. This is why ZANAA exists: to keep these skills alive and to celebrate the people who create fabulous accessories.”
Current Products all hand made by Artisans:
Jewellery: Necklaces (Men & Women)
Bracelets (Men & Women)
Accessories: Scarves – Unisex
Coming Soon: Leather Goods – Belts, Bags, Sandals (Men & Women)
Home – Soft Furnishings & Organic Cosmetics originating from Africa.