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Named in honour of Yemaja, 'The Mother of All' in African mythology, the Yemaja is the protector of women. She is often depicted as a mermaid and is associated with the moon, water, and feminine mysteries. This limited edition version of the Yemaja is a collaboration with two of South Africa’s most prominent artists - famed knitwear designer MAXHOSA BY LADUMA and influential South African music artist RIKY RICK. The multi-functional strap allows this unisex piece to be worn around your waist, cross-body, on the shoulder or carried as a clutch with the strap removed. The closure of the bag is uniquely finished with a springbok horn which sits perfectly across the front of the bag.
Yemaja is the protector of women. She is often depicted as a mermaid and is associated with the moon, water, and feminine mysteries. is the protector of women. She governs everything pertaining to women. She oversees deep secrets, ancient wisdom, the moon, seashells, and the collective unconscious.
Working with select tanneries in the Karoo region, Okapi has pioneered the use of Blesbok leather. Blesbok leather is in keeping with our ethos as it is ethically and sustainably sourced as a by-product of the existing farming industry in South Africa. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure all processes are of the highest safety and quality, along with ethical production practices that respect both animal welfare and the environment. The natural markings that the animal incurs in the wild are included on the skins which are used. This adds to the uniqueness of each piece and is a deliberate inclusion in order to give a more organic and changeable quality.
- Locally made
- Ethically sourced
- Entirely traceable