Lakkota discovered art created with intricate bead embroidery in Tel Aviv in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the way in which unusual stones and tiny beads created and told their own inimitable story. The craft quickly turned into a passion and she broadened her knowledge by exploring the artistry of jewellery, drawing inspiration from music, nature, traditional Indian techniques such as Zardosi and Aari, as well as African, Native American and Mexican beadwork. She began teaching herself various techniques of bead embroidery and, in the process, developed her own unique style.
The designs are delicate, but fierce. Each design is created with the wearer’s comfort in mind and is a collection of traditions, techniques, stories and passion. Every piece is 100% handcrafted and can take hundreds of hours to complete. Exquisite natural stones such as onyx, lapis lazuli and quartz are at the centre of every piece and accented with Swarovski crystals and pearls to add extra sparkle.
Lakkota strives to symbolise being unique and therefore many of the items available are one of a kind. This means that only one piece in that design has been, or will ever be made.
All items are ungendered and non-seasonal and ALL our products are vegan.
We love natural crystals and believe that they have healing qualities that balance the body, mind, and spirit. We search for the most beautiful stones with powerful vibrations around which to create our pieces. We cleanse them before production with natural sea water and after production with crystal healing sounds so that when you receive your piece it is fully vibrational and ready to align with your energy.
From the beginning of creation of the brand, it was important to us to find a way to produce in an ethical and sustainable way that would have a positive impact. This led us to partner with Mission Creative Million, a movement designed to impact one million female creative producers in India over the course of 10 years. This project aims to address the root cause of rural poverty in India by establishing ownership-based manufacturing enterprises for majority women micro-entrepreneurs.
In early 2019, Lakkota travelled to India to begin the project and set up a work centre in a rural area of Jaipur. She spent weeks training a small group of female artisans in her techniques and designs and was inspired by their ability to pick up new skills with ease. Upon completion of training, production commenced and these artisans skillfully handcrafted the designs by Lakkota that are available on this site.
One of the beauties of handcrafted products is that they are individual and unique and so, at a time when society is moving away from mass produced fashion, Lakkota not only celebrates being unique, but also allows you to be freed from the clutches of main-stream fashion.
Our desire is to maintain and sustain this project and we hope to grow and take on more artisan trainees with time.
What We Believe In
We believe our products should look and feel amazing. Because style choices have a real impact on people and the environment, we aim for transparency and ensure that there is nothing unethical happening behind-the-scenes.
We are also very selective about the artisan groups and small-scale factories we work with and ensure that they are run in an ethical manner. Ethical production involves only working with partners that operate in a socially responsible manner, and observing practices like:
- No child labour allowed
- Safe and healthy working conditions.
- Paying fair wages.
We have also chosen to use vegan materials for our products, so that means only faux and vegetable leathers and suedes are used.