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Checkered baskets. Handwoven using ilala palm. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Checkered baskets. Handwoven using ilala palm. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Weathered wood sculpture from Zimbabwe.

Weathered wood sculpture from Zimbabwe.

Made in Kenya, found in South Africa. Wild Olive wood, teaspoons.

Made in Kenya, found in South Africa. Wild Olive wood, teaspoons.

Time to sweep up … Du Noon Urban Weaving, outside Cape Town, South Africa. These Xhosa hand brooms are also used as a traditional wedding gift; a protective talisman against lightning and an implement to apply traditional medicine for ritual cleansing and purification to ensure good healthand prosperity.

Time to sweep up … Du Noon Urban Weaving, outside Cape Town, South Africa. These Xhosa hand brooms are also used as a traditional wedding gift; a protective talisman against lightning and an implement to apply traditional medicine for ritual cleansing and purification to ensure good health
and prosperity.

Laduma Ngxokolo. South African fashion designer.

Laduma Ngxokolo. South African fashion designer.

Laduma Ngxokolo |  Fashion week Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 March 2014. The Autumn/Winter range, called ‘Buyel’mbo’ which refers to the Xhosa phrase often uttered by elders to reminisce on nostalgic traditional Xhosa values and lifestyles. The collection explores how modern dress can be fused into the ideology of buyele’mbo.
Photo: Tshepo Tshabalala

Laduma Ngxokolo |  Fashion week Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 March 2014. The Autumn/Winter range, called ‘Buyel’mbo’ which refers to the Xhosa phrase often uttered by elders to reminisce on nostalgic traditional Xhosa values and lifestyles. The collection explores how modern dress can be fused into the ideology of buyele’mbo.

Photo: Tshepo Tshabalala



Laduma Ngxokolo |  Fashion week Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 March 2014. The Autumn/Winter range, called ‘Buyel’mbo’ refers to the Xhosa phrase often uttered by elders to reminisce on nostalgic traditional Xhosa values and lifestyles. The collection explores how modern dress can be fused into the ideology of buyele’mbo.

Laduma Ngxokolo |  Fashion week Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 March 2014. The Autumn/Winter range, called ‘Buyel’mbo’ refers to the Xhosa phrase often uttered by elders to reminisce on nostalgic traditional Xhosa values and lifestyles. The collection explores how modern dress can be fused into the ideology of buyele’mbo.


Menswear designer Laduma Ngxokolo gets standing ovation for his debut fashion week on home ground - in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 March 2014. The Autumn/Winter range, called ‘Buyel’mbo’ refers to the Xhosa phrase often uttered by elders to reminisce on nostalgic traditional Xhosa values and lifestyles. The collection explores how modern dress can be fused into the ideology of buyele’mbo. The objective is to remind modern inhabitants how astonishing cultural dress could be cultivated into modern dress, and still have the ability to dazzle.

Millet stalks transformed by deft hands. Using a spiral pattern, this leftover material is made into beautiful food covers in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Succulent love.

Succulent love.

Succulent love.

Succulent love.

Succulent love. Black Tree Aeonium.

Succulent love. Black Tree Aeonium.

Succulent love.

Succulent love.

Traditional Xhosa baskets made from ‘imisi’, woven in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. www.designafrika.co.za

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Traditional Xhosa baskets made from ‘imisi’, woven in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. www.designafrika.co.za

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Makenge baskets - the superfine version made in Namibia.
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Makenge baskets - the superfine version made in Namibia.

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