Please tell us about yourself and your inspiration for MaXhosa knitwear.
I was born and raised in Port Elizabeth and come from a family of creatives. During the early years of my life I breast fed from my mother's skill for knitwear design and her pride for Xhosa heritage. I studied Textile design and completed a Btech at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010 where I established my Xhosa-inspired knitwear project.
Basically MaXhosa by Laduma knitwear is a collection that I initially targeted for Xhosa initiates in the Eastern Cape to substitute the western kniwear they wear for their post initiation process.
Consequently this collection attracted attention outside of the initial target market and that has been an epic story story I will never forget.
Which South African designers and/or artists inspire you?
I love Renee Rossouw's textile design work, Missibaba's shoes and I also like the ambiance that Craig Native attaches to his work. I admire Andile Dyalvane's ceramics.
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What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my women's knitwear collection for next year and I'm really excited about launching that.