BAGS

A new SA Kick­starter pro­ject wants to give lo­cal artists a blank can­vas on which to cre­ate some­thing lovely for you to have, hold and use, writes Gugulethu Mh­lungu

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The word ‘khula’ means “to grow”. Af­ter al­most two years, the Khula bag-art pro­ject is look­ing to do just that. The ini­tia­tive is all about show­cas­ing lo­cal tal­ent and giv­ing the buyer a beau­ti­ful one-of-a-kind lo­cal art piece in the form of one of its beau­ti­ful bags. Khula bags fea­ture up-and-com­ing artists. Founder Moniek van Er­ven says the pro­ject serves as a plat­form to in­tro­duce th­ese artists to a global au­di­ence.

“The bags are eth­i­cally pro­duced by a small man­u­fac­turer in Cape Town, and we use lo­cally sourced ma­te­ri­als only. We have now de­signed our se­cond col­lec­tion: a uni­sex range called ‘I am a piece of art’, with shop­pers, satchels, holdalls, car­ryalls, lap­top bags and back­packs.”

Khula fea­tures art by pho­tog­ra­phers and painters Anas­ta­sia Pather, Kwanele Mboso, Au­drey An­der­son, Tan­isha Bhana and David Theron, who get a share from the sales of the bags.

The artists’ paint­ings, il­lus­tra­tions, graf­fiti and pho­to­graphs are re­pro­duced by

BAG ART dig­i­tal print or hand-painted di­rectly on to the bags. Each bag car­ries with it an in­sight into the work and back­ground of the artist, whichw al­lows the owner to en­gage di­rectly with the works of art and hope­fully spread the word about those in­volved.

Khula cur­rently has a Kick­starter cam­paign run­ning to raise the R1 mil­lion needed to fi­nance the pro­duc­tion of a se­cond col­lec­tion, and there are var­i­ous ways to get in­volved and sup­port them. Sup­port­ers (called “back­ers”) will re­ceive art prints, any of the new bags, or even an orig­i­nal work of art by one of the artists in re­turn for sup­port. Op­tions for back­ers in­clude R82 (which earns an award of eter­nal grat­i­tude), R530 for the re­ward of an art print on can­vas, be­tween R1 323 and R2 381 for the re­ward of a bag, and be­tween R13 230 and R25 578 for the re­ward of the bag plus an orig­i­nal work of art of your choice.

To find out more about the Khula pro­ject, visit khu­lawear.com

or find them on Kick­starter.com

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