Sunday Times


- ZYDIA BOTES somethingg­

When Zydia Botes came across the work of American platform Slowdown Studio, which works with illustrato­rs and artists on woven blankets, she wanted to create a similar, South African concept to showcase our talent. And so Something Good was born. The studio collaborat­es with local artists, whose designs Zydia translates onto blankets. Zydia plans to sell the beautiful throws through pop-ups locally and abroad. We caught up with her to find out more about this exciting initiative.

You’ve just launched your first range. Can you give us a snapshot of what you’ve created?

So far we’ve made six blankets, by artists Renee Rossouw, Fran Labuschagn­e, Janet Lightbody, Tammy Joubert and Karabo Poppy Moletsane.

Did you intentiona­lly work with all women?

I am all for girl power. Magic happens when we as women support each other instead of competing.

Were any of the designs unexpected?

Yes, Tammy`s naked lady was quite unexpected and is a talking point — people love it or hate it. Translatin­g an image in proportion onto a versatile form requires years of expertise. There are so many variables; the stretch of the yarn, the different colour reactions — there is nothing easy about it.

Is being a proudly South African brand important to you?

So important! South Africa is a special place, and if we all work together, making use of our resources and talent in a responsibl­e manner, we can affect our economy for good.

The next phase of your launch is charity blankets — could you tell us a little more about this?

I am in desperate need of sponsorshi­ps. I have a vision of a man walking down the streets of Soweto wearing a Nando’s blanket, approachin­g his friend who is wrapped in a Nik-Naks blanket, both are warm and happy. By means of corporate charity funding, we can create a range of Proudly SA blankets to be donated to those in need in South Africa, in Africa, and beyond. Everyone needs a blanket, it is a tragedy that so many are without.

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