It’s been a week since I landed in Johannesburg. I stayed two nights in Joburg and then headed off to Maputo by bus early on sunday morning. It was a long (8 hour) but beautiful ride so didn’t mind at all.
So, what has happened over the last week?
Well, first I had two great days in Joburg were I stayed with Gareth who’s brand Babatunde (www.babatunde.co.za) you have to check out! He makes beautiful stuff in african prints but in new ways. This is me in one of the caps! 🙂
Gareth has been in the business for a few years and it amazing how much I learn from all the people I meet. Pretty much everything I do is research and learning at the moment. Research on fabric, production, design, environmental impact, social impact, transportation, Mozambique’s cotton industry, South African textile industry… the list goes on… All of these things are new to me but there are many people who has helped me and shared their knowledge and expertis. Thank you!
In Maputo me and dad has taken chopela (mozambican rickshaw) all over town sorting things out and of course, going in to every store who sell african prints.
The abundance of beautiful textile design is just amazing! I am buying the fabric mostly for inspiration but the inspiration doesn’t stop in the shop, these fabrics are worn by many women in their everyday life, so you also see beautiful prints on the streets. Sometimes you see a woman carrying a child with a stunning capulana (african prints in Mozambique are called capulana) that is an old print you can’t buy anymore, or a woman wearing it as a skirts, which is seen most commonly.
Next week a lot of exciting stuff are happening which I will share with you then. For now I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Relax, enjoy, smile and recharge your batteries!
Beijinhos! (Means kisses in portuguese!)