|Mohair sweater by Laduma Ngxokolo - nominated for the prize of Most Beautiful Object at Design Indaba 2011 - Photo by Astrid Arndt|
Rising star Laduma Ngxokolo is a Port Elizabeth-based knitwear designer. His colourful collection is inspired by traditional African Xhosa beadwork.The collections has already earned him first prize from the International Society of Dyers and Colourists, and now a nomination for Most Beautiful Object at Design Inaba 2011.
|Traditional African Xhosa beadwork. Photo by Vusumzi Peter|
Made from locally sourced mohair, the colours used are as close a match as possible that Laduma could get to the actual beads themselves. Laduma told us at the conference that his ambition is to launch a collection of textiles for interiors also.
|Traditional Mexican embroidery by Carla Fernandez|
She set up tailoring workshops which used traditional design as an opportunity to increase literacy and education in local communities. Using these traditional techniques and forms as a basis, Carla has put together her own clothing line, called Taller Flora, which works in collaboration with artisan women so that they also have an input into the design process.