THE AFRICAN FASHION

RESEARCH INSTITUTE

THE FOLD COURSE

The Fold is a seven-week online course structured around the fold as both tactile materiality and conceptual metaphor, supported by an exchange of readings, dialogues and creative exchanges. The course draws on key debates and hosts a collective exploration of (k)new knowledges, afro-sustainable practices, and ways of coming to know African fashion histories and futures. It responds to a demand by designers, artists, academics and decolonial thinkers seeking spaces and ways to develop new discourses for and with African fashion.

PAN-AFRICAN RESEARCH RESIDENCY

THE FOLD PODCAST

UN/FOLDED_ RE/FOLDING_ FOLDED

The Unfolding | Folded | Refolding podcast followed two forms of material culture kwaXhosa; iqhiya and ifasikoti in a journey along the local threads of history, culture and fashion.

THE GLOSSARY

THE FOLD(ED) GLOSSARY

The Fold(ed) fashion glossary culminates from the (re)collection of words, sounds and images relating to folds in fashion harvested from 54 African countries following our open calls on social media. Submissions in multiple languages that speak to acts of folding, layering, draping and crafting by way of folds, were collated sonically and visually into printable poster-pamphlets as collaborative and co-created shareable compilations. 

IFS 2019