Self-confessed “textile nerd”, Sindiso Khumalo draws on her Zulu and Ndebele heritage to create fashion with a contemporary sensibility and graphic use of pattern.
“I use visual references from these cultures a lot in my work,” says the fashion designer, who creates her own textile prints.
Born in Durban, South Africa, she now lives and works in Hackney, London. Khumalo creates bold garments and accessories inspired by Zulu beadwork and Ndebele patterned-walls. Although still very much connected to her motherland, she believes the cultural diversity and cosmopolitanism of her new home is influential in her creative work too.
“What drew me to fashion is my strong interest in creativity and the arts,” says Khumalo.
Khumalo studied architecture at the University of Cape Town before moving to London to work in the office of renowned architect David Adjaye. She cites the Bauhaus Movement as a strong influence in her work – in particular, its use of colour and emphasis on line and pared-down forms.
Her work is featured in museums and has been published in Africa: Architecture, Culture, and Identity, Vogue Italia, Vogue UK