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MY ALTITUDE COLLECTION: FABROSANZ X RENAISSANCE DESIGN

Constitution Hill: Sandiso Mazibuko X Glorinah Mabaso

Sandiso Mazibuko X Glorinah Mabaso

Fabrosanz X Renaissance Design have collaborated on a new collection called ‘MY ALTITUDE’, which pays homage to the Pedi, Tsonga & Venda people of South Africa. These 3 cultures are rarely represented on the runways & are in the Northern part of South Africa. North signifies the highest point, one’s sense of balance & one ‘s origins/ beginnings. Our collection Celebrates & proudly elevates the high-spirited & humble people of the North. At the core of both brands stems our passion that is fuelled by our love for the African continent and its array of multicultural heritage. Our SS21 Collection is a special offering inspired by the fabrics and motifs depicted on the traditional attires of the Tsonga, Pedi & Venda people. The colours are evident in all 3 cultures. Through carefully studying the Venda cloth and its brightly coloured lines, layered with embroidery and vibrancy... a modern translation had to be explored! Using variations of vertical slim lines anchored by thicker white vertical & horizontal lines allowed us to retain its strong linear roots. Incorporating chevrons represents a implied ‘V’ form which the body makes when women are kneeling down on the floor with both legs and arms aligned as a sign of respect. Our translation of the beautiful Tsonga people was inspired by their bold floral fabrics usually tied across the chest and wrapped around the head. The Tsonga pattern comprises of diamond shapes signifying their popular traditional fast -paced electro Shangaan music. The circles represent the shape of the ‘ixibelani’ skirt once wrapped around the waistline and the subtle hint of leaves carries a nostalgic oral aesthetic. The ­final composition is complimented by the classic Pedi colours.

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