Birds of Paradise by Sindiso Khumalo

“I became fascinated with this idea of what we create, and what we leave behind when we bring life into the world. Whilst working in my studio, white on white hand-prints began to represent the idea of memory. The life before the new life held within a print. Bright and dynamic digital prints began to speak of the new life that was created after birth.”, the designer said.

The designer

Sindiso Khumalo is a South African Womenswear textile designer. She was born in Botswana and raised in Durban, South Africa. After earning a degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town, she moved to London to work for an award winning Ghanaian British architect, David Adjaye. She later went on to gain her master’s degree in Textile from Central Saint Martins. In 2012 Sindiso Khumalo launched her namesake label. Since then, Sindiso Khumalo has won various design awards for Design Indaba and Vogue Italia.

Spring summer 2016 collection

For SS16 Sindiso Khumalo created her ‘Birds of Paradise’ collection. The collection was inspired by the idea of birth, and the Venda and Zulu women of South Africa. In particular, Sindiso became fascinated with the idea of what we leave behind when we bring a new life into the world.

The Birds of Paradise collection consist of handmade textile techniques such as flocking and foiling. In other words, it allows for the creation of a colour block effect, and a three dimensional look. The geometric shapes are inspired by the traditional dress of South Africa’s Venda women, and Zulu women’s beadwork.

Sindiso Khumalo won Vogue Italia’s 2015 competition ‘Who is on Next’, held in Dubai, with her SS16 collection ‘Birds of Paradise’. The end result for the Birds of Paradise collection, is an easy to wear elegant and colourful looks. Sindiso Khumalo is one designer we will be looking out for. Discover more here.

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