Portrait of jewellery designer Margaux WongDesign Indaba
Margaux Rusita is a Guyanese-Burundian sustainable jewellery designer based in Burundi. Her company is an innovative and sustainable brand that transforms rare cow horn and brass into luxurious wearable art.
The Burundi of Today (2020/2020) by Margaux WongDesign Indaba
Margaux's singular style
Using her signature cow horn, Margaux produced a piece of arm armour. The armour is made up of black and white cow horn squres held together by carefully stitched silver chans and hooks.
A new era for Burundi
Margaux's work celebrates peace in Burundi after decades of civil war. Noting her striking color choice Margaux explains "The Burundi flag is the main inspiration behind my composition and symbolises a new era. The white that runs through the flag represents peace."
Armour with a difference
She goes on to say "While a soldier’s armour protects him from the harms of war, this armour protects against the negatives in life. It protects Burundi from hatred amongst its people, it brings us closer to peace and freedom. It keeps away the negative spirit of the past."
Red, Black and White - symbols of a new Burundi
As Margaus notes ''This young girl in her photograph is clothed in white – a representation of peace. She is draped in red cotton, representative of the suffering of the nation during its freedom struggle. around her symbolises hope. around her symbolises hope. White, green and red – the colors of our flag. ''
Why cow horn?
In Burundi, the cow is a symbol of wealth and the horns are the lasting evidence of that wealth. They are a reminder of what was, and what is still is to come. The country was plagued by poverty for many years, but Burundi’s people are set to reclaim all of the wealth they have lost over the years.
The Courageous Burundian Youth
Nearly half of Burundi is under the age of 19 and, as Margaux says "they will change the narrative. They will wear the armour of peace, not war, and the stories they tell their children will be ones of harmony."