FASH­ION FROM BOTSWANA

Pretoria News - - Good Life - THOBILE MAZ­IBUKO

SHARON Taola and Boi­tumelo Se­boko were among the de­sign­ers rep­re­sent­ing Botswana at African Fash­ion In­ter­na­tional Joburg Fash­ion Week in Jo­han­nes­burg (AFIJFW).

In­spired by art nou­veau, Taola, a Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg Fash­ion and De­sign grad­u­ate, pre­sented an el­e­gant col­lec­tion of A-line and em­pire dresses in olive green with bold artis­tic prints.

Al­though she has show­cased at the uni­ver­sity be­fore, AFIJFW was the first big plat­form for her.

“Be­ing in the same stage as de­sign­ers such as Lad­uma (Ngx­okolo) and David Tlale has been nervewrack­ing, but su­per ex­cit­ing. My de­signs are mostly in­spired by art, and with this col­lec­tion I fo­cused on the dark side of art nou­veau; hence there is a lot of olive green.”

Tak­ing pride in the Setswana cul­ture was Se­boko, who pre­sented a beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion of Mateitsi dresses, with dra­matic ac­ces­sories made from left­over fab­ric.

“As a Tswana woman, I want peo­ple to know there is so much more you can do with Mateitsi fab­ric, in­clud­ing ac­ces­sories. And in­stead of throw­ing away the waste ma­te­rial, I used it to make neck pieces to leave a bold state­ment,” said Se­boko.

Se­boko has show­cased in An­gola and Canada.

“Show­cas­ing at AFIJFW has been beau­ti­ful. We met peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, who all pre­sented amaz­ing de­signs. Next, I want to show­case in the US be­cause I be­lieve peo­ple there don’t know much about Setswana and I want to show them what we can do.”

AFIJFW ran from Oc­to­ber 4 un­til 7 with more than 30 de­sign­ers show­cas­ing their lat­est col­lec­tions.

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