South African knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo uses traditional Xhosa beadwork as his source of inspiration.
Sidai Designs - high-end beaded jewellery based on traditional beading techniques infused with modern aesthetics. Providing sustainable income to Maasai women of Northern Tanzania and preserving beading traditions.
Sidai Designs - high-end beaded jewellery based on traditional beading techniques infused with modern aesthetics. Providing sustainable income to Maasai women of Northern Tanzania and preserving a beautiful beading tradition.
This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.
Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.
Twelve exclusive Frances rucksacks in Shwe Shwe fabric by designer Ally Capellino. Shwe Shwe, was first manufactured in Europe in the 18th Century and exported to South Africa, where it is still widely used for traditional clothing. The process is a block and discharge print onto dyed cotton, using copper rollers to print a weak acid solution which bleaches out the colour.
ShweShwe - a much loved fabric made in South Africa, which has its roots in traditional indigo cloth, here used by French designer Agnès B in her 2014 Spring-Summer collection. For history see here.
Central African Republic Chooses Its First Female President
via The Daily Beast
While the Central African Republic is struggling through a sectarian civil war, the National Assembly has chosen Catherine Samba-Panza, 58, to be the interim president. She is the first woman to ever lead the country.
“Our country is at the brink of implosion,” Samba-Panza said. “More than ever, the country needs someone who can bring it together.”
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Telephone wire basketry is an indigenous South African art form which has grown from the basket weaving skills of the Zulu people of KwaZulu Natal. The craft is said to have originated in the 1950’s when night watchmen working in the cities would weave telephone wire around their wooden walking sticks whilst working at night.