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Laduma Ngxokolo Takes Inspiration From Traditional Xhosa Bead Work

 - Mar 23, 2011
References: designindaba & designboom
Laduma Ngxokolo is a designer from South Africa whose collection of knit sweaters is inspired by the aesthetics of traditional Xhosa bead work. Presented at the Design Indaba Conference, Laduma Ngxokolo's collection is an incredible display of wickedly patterned sweaters.

A ritual marking the official transition from childhood to manhood for the Xhosa males calls parents to purchase a new wardrobe for their sons. This usually includes men's knitwear that is difficult to find; however, Laduma Ngxokolo's collection serves this purpose specifically, making these traditional threads more available. Taking tips from Xhosa bead work, Laduma Ngxokolo's collection involves coloring, patterns and specific materials that reflect the culture's traditions.

No matter what culture you come from, Laduma Ngxokolo's knit wear is a magnificent collection. Each design is strikingly bold and needs to be seen throughout the world.Photo Credits: designboom, designindaba