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Sindiso Khumalo talks about her experiences in Textiles as well as sharing her unselfish views on collaboration

About the speaker

Sindiso Khumalo is a South African textile designer based in London and Cape Town. Central St Martins graduate, Khumalo, studied architecture at the University of Cape Town prior to moving to London to work for Sir David Adjaye. In London she went onto study a Masters in Textiles at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Sindiso Khumalo founded her label with a focus on creating modern sustainable textiles with a strong emphasis on African story telling. She designs all the textiles in her collections herself by hand through watercolours and cut out collage. Over the years she has developed a uniquely colourful visual voice, which draws upon her Zulu heritage. Sustainability, craft and empowerment lie at the heart of the label. She works very closely with a NGO’s and artisans in developing handmade textiles for her collections. In 2015, she won Vogue Italia “Who’s On Next Dubai” competition. She been invited to speak on sustainable fashion at the United Nations and the European Union and collaborated with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative (International Trade Centre) in making handwoven fabric from artisans in Burkina Faso. In October 2015, she was scouted by the Vogue Talents, and won the Vogue Italia ‘Who is on Next Dubai’. She has presented on schedule at Milan Fashion Week, in 2018. She has showcased work at the Royal Festival Hall in London, The Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington and the Louisiana Museum in Denmark. Her work has been published in “Africa: Architecture, Culture and Identity”, Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Vogue Spain, Elle Magazine and Marie Claire Magazine.

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