Colour BY Nandi Mngoma
Colour: is a new and exciting clothing line developed by Nandi Mngoma now known as Nandi Madida. African prints, textures and accents on modern clothing and designs are scarce in the African community as most fashion designers look towards Eurocentric paradigms for inspiration. Colour by Nandi Mngoma Madida is special. The brand centers on Afrocentric views over flowing from Mrs. Madida s own views on what she believes as being African.
I am an African. The speech made by Thabo Mbeki on behalf of the African National Congress in Cape Town on 8 May 1996 is what I see when I view the entire collection of Mrs. Madida
Thabo Mbekhi in is speech begins by saying; I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land. In Mrs. Madida s Collection, in my opinion, do the dessert and the trees and the flowers come to life. Life is seen in the curves of the dresses, the beauty and the splashes of colour in some of the outfits. Life is seen in the entire design of the collection.
At times, and in fear, I have wondered whether I should concede equal citizenship of our country to the leopard and the lion, the elephant and the springbok, the hyena, the black mamba and the pestilential mosquito. A human presence among all of these, a feature on the face of our native land thus defined, I know that none dare challenge me when I say – I am an African!
We can argue weaves or no weaves as a symbol of Africanisms. But Mrs. Madida doesn’t push her way of thinking down our throats; she just lives to inspires us to be the best versions of ourselves and to do it well. Nandi Mngoma Madida wears her own natural hair and while some might see it as just a hairstyle, natural hair is part of being an Africa, of acceptance one’s self, totally.
But because we all can wear our natural hair no matter our race, that idea alone over flaws in the fact that we are all African… but international at the same time. We belong to the world. Cause natural hair is not just an african thing. It’s universal.
The accents and attention to detail of every African inspired piece in colour by Nandi Mngoma makes her collection African but the fact that we all wear european designed skirts and dresses which are also included in her line makes this collection international aswell and fit to be judged on a much bigger scale.
ALL Images of Colour by Nandi Ngoma cutesy OF AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL
All Images of Colour by Nandi Ngoma cutesy of African Fashion international