With Heritage Day approaching, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate our unique cultural heritage, diversity of beliefs and traditions. Here, we’re celebrating our heritage by taking a closer look at our favourite heritage-inspired designs by top local creatives.
Thabo Makhetha, who specialises in luxury African womenswear rooted in culture, was inspired by Basotho blankets for her prêt-a-porter range called Kobo by Thabo Makhetha. The talented designer utilised traditional Basotho Blankets and reinvented them into a contemporary high fashion range.
Knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo has gained international acclaim for his award-winning range ‘The colourful world of the Xhosa Culture’, inspired by traditional Xhosa beadwork. His love for textile design began in 2003 and he has since received many prestigious awards for his work. His brand, Maxhosa by Laduma, established in 2011, was designed with the desire to explore knitwear design solutions suitable for Xhosa traditional dress.
African inspired interior
Attention, attention. If your niche is interior design and home decorating, then these next creatives will intrigue you. Victor Nqakaza Ntsindiso, Jane and Jann and Shweshwe have created South African heritage inspired wallpaper that will give your space that ‘Proudly South African’ feeling as you walk through the door.
Victor Nqakaza Ntsindisos was inspired by his understanding of traditional African patterns and symbols, which he translates into a two-dimensional world, evident in his geometrical wallpaper designs.
Last, but definitely not least, is the extremely talented 82-year-old Mama Esther Mahlangu, the first woman and first African artist to paint one of the 17 official BMW Art Cars. This saw her joining the ranks of artists such as Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Her traditional Ndebele-inspired aesthetics of geometric, graphic and bold prints were beautifully painted on one of the BMW Art Cars in 1991. Now, BMW South Africa has installed her Ndebele painted panels into the new BMW 750Li individual. These cars will form part of BMW Group South Africa’s Heritage Collection displayed at various Arts and Cultural events.