DECO Palette: Time To Shine

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Our Africa issue is on shelf and this time around DECO PALETTE explores the world of Sequins! The word ‘sequin’ is derived from the Arabic word sikka, which stands for coin. Sequins can be dated as far as 1323BC, and are just as fabulous today! 

In the 1920s sequins saw a revival: King Tut’s tomb was discovered with him wearing gold sequin like disks sewn onto his garments. It is assumed the expensive garment embellishment prepared him for the afterlife.

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Through out centuries displaying gold and other precious metals has been synonymous with wealth. Interestingly enough the use stretch further that status symbol. Amoung warding off evil spirits and serving as a spiritual guide, coins were also kept close to the body to discourage thieves.

Fast forward a few centuries and the sequin had secured it’s place as a status symbol. Eventually becoming no more than an embellishment the ladies and gentleman of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries decorated their garments to show of their style and wealth.

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Clockwise from topleft:  ‘Tulle Sequin Scales’ (Dusty Pink) R360/m, Elegance Fabric Impressionosts ‘Frida’ (Fluo) R934.80/m, Hertex Ebony Recon Veneer R284/m², Veneer Craft Mattis Marble 18mm Slab R3876/m², WOMAG

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By the 19020s the trend spread to a world wide phenomenon with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Flappers everywhere danced the night away with dropped waist dresses made of small round metal disks. As with all trends the sequin fell out of fashion with the 2 World Wars and the depressions that followed clothing had to be practical or at least wholesome. Which brings us to Michael Jackson and the revival of the sequin, in the years that have followed we have love it and loathed it, but as we have learned done right the most tricky fabric can be fabulous.

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‘Tulle Sequin’ (Emrad) R420/m, Elegance Fabric JAB Anstoetz ’Swinging’ (9-7453-091) R6 003/m, Home Fabrics Zebrano Natural Veneer R547/m², Veneer Craft  Sultan Grey Marble 20mm Slab R3648/m², WOMAG

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The Africa Issue is a celebration of the future of design in Africa and its potential to drive change. We explore the concept of ‘Africaness’, what this means for our aesthetic. We also  dream big with bedroom inspiration and take you on a tour of homes that truly embrace the spirit of the continent. Pick up your copy today and tell us what you think on Twitter @Elle_Deco using #AfricaIssue.

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