Artful ostrich eggshell work in Cape Town

Avoova produces a range of exquisite ostrich eggshell designs in Cape Town, a rare functional art form that has become one of South Africa’s most stunning and luxurious products.

South African artist Gideon Engelbrecht first started experimenting with ostrich eggshells in the Karoo town of Prince Albert. The beautiful ivory colours intrigued him, as did the idea of using something beautiful that would otherwise be wasted. Engelbrecht found that the shell was not only beautiful, but could create a waterproof and heatproof finish.

Each item sold in the shop in Cape Town is made from ostrich eggshell and laid out by hand in beautiful designs by highly skilled craftsmen. The eggshell lends its gorgeous ivory tones to designs that embrace the ancient aesthetic of the Karoo and marry it to an essential modern look.

Avoova has a fashion and decorative range that includes bangles, picture frames and tea lights. They also have an interior design range made up of bowls, mirrors, tables and wall hangings, all finished with the handsome ostrich eggshell. This truly is the height of contemporary African design.

Avoova designs luxury items for homes, yachts and hotels. Their extraordinary products will give you years of pleasure and add a sophistication to any space.

The Avoova studio has remained in the Klein Karoo, but their flagship store is on the corner of Bree Street and Shortmarket Street in Cape Town’s city centre. They also have a store in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and a range or their striking products are available at The 12 Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay, a mere 20 minute drive from the heart of Cape Town.


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