It’s been about a year since Kiran and I stumbled across the Rachel and Malika boutique in Brixton Village and it didn’t take long for it to become one of our favourite South London stores. The boutique is a quirky collection of bespoke pieces sourced from all over the world from Rachel and Malika’s travels, including Mali, India, Senegal and Mexico.
The hand crafted Tuareg collection that Malika had sourced were some of my favourite pieces in the store because of the intricate detailing of each piece. Created by Tuareg silversmiths, this jewellery is party of a centuries old tradition of the Tuareg tribe, a nomadic people who live across the Sahara Desert, including in the North African countries of Mali, Niger, Libya, Algeria and Chad.
Tuareg artisans have a rich history and there are several mythical stories including a belief that the blacksmith's tools have been passed down from Father Adam and Prophet David. It’s no wonder why their craftsmanship has been so popular and is still passed down family generations today.
I particularly loved the Silver Agath Stone Necklace (£125) and Silver-Black rings (£40 each)- they are so easy to wear and add dimension to a plain outfit making the perfect silver statement piece.
Like us, Malika told us it was her travel bug that started the boutique, wanting a job that allowed her to see the world. She started her business over 25 years ago in Senegal where she sourced children’s clothing and African cloth and later expanded to jewellery and hand woven textiles from Mali and Burkina Faso. Interestingly, she also ran a Music School in Senegal to help musicians perform on the UK festival scene. Malika’s stories about her travels really brought all her discovered pieces to life- so you too can discover the cultures of far flung places without the price of a plane ticket.