Sindiso Khumalo SS 2021 film directed by Jonathan Kope, starring Nina Henry from Boss Models. Styling by Githan Coopoo, hair styling and makeup from beauty artist Suaad Jeppie at One League. Music by Gervase Gordan. Textile Illustrations by Shakil Solanki
WHO SHE IS: Sindiso is a sustainable textile designer based in Cape Town. She studied architecture at the University of Cape Town prior to moving to London, where she went onto study a Masters in Design for Textile Futures at Central St. Martins. Sindiso Khumalo founded her eponymous label with a focus on creating modern sustainable textiles with a strong emphasis on African story telling. She designs the textiles in her collections by hand through watercolours and collage. Over the years she has developed a uniquely colourful visual voice, which draws upon her Zulu and Ndebele heritage, and also speaks to the land of Kwazulu Natal, where she is from.
Sustainability, craft and empowerment lie at the heart of the label. She works very closely with a NGO’s in developing handmade textiles for her collections including Embrace Dignity, which helps get women out of exploitative sex work and into safe and stable career paths. For Khumalo’s spring collection, these women hand-crocheted the pocket detailing and embroideries. She also commissioned hand-printed silk taffeta and handwoven cottons from women-led workshops in Burkina Faso.