We are joined by one of Cape Town’s leading jewellery designers, Githan Coopoo. The talented designer uses clay as his mould of choice, as he claims that rubble is the inspiration behind the jewellery. Githan Coopoo completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at UCT, where he majored in English and Art History.
“I want my jewellery to also embody the notion of being something that will exist for a period and will change with time.”
Githan has previously had his jewellery displayed on the runway in SA Men’s Fashion Week. He has also been working as the AKO Foundation Assistant Curator of Costume, at the Costume Institute at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. His work at the Zeitz MOCAA also includes developing a costume collection, for the Costume Institute, that will display African fashion, which will be launching soon.
His pieces are custom made, and are not available in stores, because he feels that being commercial and having duplicate pieces will not have people taking such a gentler approach in preserving them, as opposed to knowing that they are wearing one of a kind custom pieces.
‘I love this paradox that exists with elevating an everyday or seemingly mundane material into something quite precious and rich,’