Siphathisiwe Hlongwane

A creative that made the career transition from architect to jewellery designer.

Siphatisiwe Hlongwane is a jewellery designer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hlongwane started painting at the age of 5. As a young adult, she trained to become a professional architect but continued to nurture a passion for fashion design.

Hlongwane started to create jewellery on the side – a hobby that she found to be liberating. She soon started her Inkaturah brand of unique jewellery pieces. She aims to uphold authenticity and a respect for local production in her designs, which is comprised of copper, wood, glass beads and brass.