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.
We believe strongly in promoting local talent and work with well known local carvers Justice Ncube and Fanwell Mucheneripi. We have set up and run The Ruoko Project, whereby master wireworker Gift Sitohle, scrimshander Moses Kalembela, mosaic artist Obert Monga and fine pencil artist Leamington Muzhingi are supported, mentored and promoted through the Ndau platform internationally, collaborating with us in producing one of a kind jewellery and accessories, as well as their own designs and artwork.
The Ndau Collection was formed in 1998 by current owner Gail van Jaarsveldt and Gill Athestone, as a result of their great passion for African beadwork. Gill subsequently moved back to Harare and Gail was joined by her daughter Christie Halsted as co-owner of the company and together they have grown The Ndau Collection to where it is today. Pieces from the collection have found their way to all corners of the globe and the brand is fast gaining international recognition.
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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.
On the inspiration behind her pieces showcased at #ZFW2013 …
For my pieces showcased at fashion week, I wanted drew inspiration from Zimbabwe because l love my country. I decided the Zimbabwean bird would the most suitable choice for me. That is why I incorporated the feather like shapes at the back. Zimbabwe is also renowned for the tie dye and crotches so decided to add that as well. The silhouette of my garments was inspired by the mood board that we were instructed to make.
What’s next after #ZFW2013?
I think after all this am defiantly showcasing at more fashion shows. I want to show the world what I am made of and put Zimbabwe on the map in terms of fashion. In addition to this, I will also start collections for respective seasons that I will be selling in boutiques round the country before I open one of many of my own. Various boutique owners have shown interest so will be a force to reckon with on the Zimbabwe fashion scene.
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#ZFW :Who is Tinashe Njagu?...
Tnash: My name is Tinashe Njagu; however, I go by “Tnash.” 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.
#ZFW :how long have you been doing photography?
Tnash: I started photography late 2011 after doing a Photo DVD called Zamar which is a video of a collection of photos of Zimbabwe. So spending lots of months working on photos ignited the passion and I bought my first camera (a small point and shoot). I never stopped from there.
#ZFW: Who inspires you in terms of photography?
Tnash: Internationally, I'd say Lindsay Adler, Lee Morris and many others from CreativeLive. Locally, it's Michelle Fortmann, she has got a great eye when it comes to composition and I just love her passion about photography. She is also my mentor by the way. I am also inspired by many others photographers and Creatives, most of them are friends.
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“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
Currently, Yemurai is a lecturer at the London International School of Fashion and has previously worked for David Tlale Couture. Earlier this month, Yemurai was awarded one of the prestigious Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards 2013, in association with CEO-mag. This was for the meaningful contribution made in her industry and the positive impact this has had on her community and the countries she impacts. Congratulations Yemurai!
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