Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Inspiring African Designers

Bongiwe Walaza

This woman is an electrical engineer by profession. She learnt dressmaking as her mother was a dressmaker and made her own clothes since she was a girl. Unhappy with her dressmaking skills, she enrolled at the Natal Technikon to hone her techniques. During that time, she was already working as an engineer for Telkom.She has a love and constant usage of the South African local fabric known as Shwe-Shwe fabric. The main manufacturer is Da Gama, to whom she also consults for. I just love her simplistic way of designing, tailoring with a mixture of local fabrics and foreign ones.

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