Rise of Afrocentric Jewelry in Vancouver | Khimia Designs

African culture has always been a presence in Vancouver, British Columbia but with the recent increase of African immigrants moving to this beautiful city in areas such as northern and southern surrey and Burnaby. Piper, D. (2019) states that ‘In Metro Toronto, where the Black population is four per cent higher than the national average of 3.5 per cent, there are several Black enclaves’ people voluntarily gravitate towards. Between 2006 and 2016, Vancouver saw a 44-per-cent increase in Black visible minorities from 20,670 to 29,830, the highest concentrations of which centre around census tracts in the cities of northern and southern Surrey and Burnaby’. As more black migrants live in these surrounding areas so they bring their individual and unique culture. For more information, you can click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3GUtj2S 


Rise in black Owned Businesses in Vancouver


This has led to a significant rise in black-owned business in and around Vancouver, British Columbia such as Boostani which specializes in handwoven baskets derived from Kenya, Devi Arts Collective a woman-led jewellery business, Uchi Collections well known for their blankets, clothing and accessories and Karibu Soaps affordable bath soaps. You can find out more information by clicking on the following link: https://bit.ly/3Qv5S37 


What makes Khimia Designs so different?


 What makes Khimia Designs different is our incorporation of a specific type of African fabric called Kitenge that is used in all our clothing, headscarf and jewelry. All fabric is different and tailored uniquely to your individual preference. All our products are handmade and made with attention and detail. Khimia Designs embraces your individuality, our brand speaks to the importance of unapologetically being you.  For more information, you can click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3Qreojy 


There are numerous black-owned businesses in and around Vancouver. And and we at Khimia Designs champion and celebrate everyone. We are excited for what the future has in store and want everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or religion to feel represented because at Khimia Designs we believe that’s what true equality looks like.   

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