The theme for ZFW is “AFROCENTRICA”
Over the past few centuries Africa has been a net recipient of global technological and artistic innovation.Tags: 2014 ThemeBe the first to comment! Read 262 times Read more...
The Ndau Collection is a Zimbabwean design house specializing in the creation of unique African jewellery and exotic leather accessories. Based in our home studio of Victoria Falls, we are a collective of designers from all over Southern Africa, brought together by our love of African culture, history and design.
Each of our sterling silver, bronze or copper beads and fittings are made using the centuries old African lost-wax casting technique, handmade from beginning to end, resulting in a beautifully soft, curvaceous finish to our metal work that gives it the feel of the ages of history it represents. We combine these cast pieces with our wide collection of beautiful rare antique African Trade beads, semi-precious and precious stones, natural horn and bone, exotic leathers and treasures we find in our travels, to create our one of a kind jewellery and accessories. Every piece takes several weeks to create and is hand worked throughout. Each of our pieces is either unique, a bespoke creation or part of a limited edition run of especially selected castings.
I think the major highlight was winning the young designer of the year. It made me realize that I am doing something fabulous and something that other people appreciate therefore I should take it seriously rather than the half job half hobby way that I was handling it. I have something to contribute to the industry so will start playing my part.
Also seeing what other designers were doing really inspired me. I took notes to improve on quality, creativity and to generally be a perfectionist. Especially the designer of the year - Yemurai Mpinyuri! Her work was incredible! I think l stood up in awe during her show.
#ZFW :Who is Tinashe Njagu?...
Tnash: My name is Tinashe Njagu; however, I go by -œTnash.- I have mad love for design, film and photography. I have a great appreciation for the arts as a whole. I am very reserved and quiet yet I enjoy pushing myself to new levels in all areas of my life. I am a determined person, I know what I want. I've been told I'm insanely creative. I am not a fan of laziness. I love seeing people doing what they were born to do especially in this industry. I want to do big things, but I also want to give back and help others in any way I can. It's not all about the fame and the money for me so much as it is that I really want to make a difference in this world with the things I have been given. I like surrounding myself with people that talk art, business and future goals.
I started my label, House of Yemurai in 2009 shortly after graduating from LISOF design and retail academy in Johannesburg. I have always been passionate about fashion mainly from a functionality point of view. My clothes are relevant, contemporary, yet wearable be it in your everyday life or transformed into a trendy occasion outfit. I develop and print my own fabrics and that has become my signature. This has given my brand its own quirky uniqueness to which my clients have become loyal to Yemurai Mpinyuri, Founder & Owner: House of Yemurai