Sandi Mazibuko has officially launched the second iteration of her Nguni Print collection. The first design was launched at the Paris Fashion Week in September 2018 and became a quick favourite with the international and local market. The inspiration for the Nguni print came partly from handmade Zulu beadwork. This is a craft practised by the women of this specific Nguni tribe.
Usually, older sisters pass down the tradition to their younger sisters. Men are not involved in the making of bead jewellery but they do wear beadwork. It was important for Sandi to translate Zulu culture into wearables. The print is enveloped by different shapes in bright colours which all have cultural meaning. It is important to note that the print is ultimately inspired by all of Nguni culture which has a thread of common colours and shapes interpreted in different manners.
Although the Zulu tribe has expressed their creative interpretation of these symbols through beadwork, the Ndebele tribe has used mural paintings on houses as their interpretation. The Fabrosanz Nguni Print collection is not just a fashion piece, it is the adornment of everything that makes us who we are, Culture and Heritage.