(Continued) A cross-cultural knowledge exchange emerged at the intersection of indigenous knowledges, between the production of barkcloth and local leather pleating practices with a garment called the isidwaba. Drawing on afro-sustainable practices, the creative research focus of the residency explored ways of making as methods for decolonising design and for creating new patterns of knowledge that acknowledge afrocentric fashion histories.

Video & Editing: Bongani Tau

Stills images: Bongani Tau, Paulo Menezes from Contemporary Archive Project

The New Patterns Workshop was made possible by the generous support of the National Arts Council @nacsouthafrica