FASHION FROM BOTSWANA
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.