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Explore | Senegal’s Goree Island Street Art

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  No matter how attractive of an idea it is to make a living from one’s creativity it requires a great deal of courage. From one country to another the value of artistic work varies: art can be a hobby, a profession, a source of wealth, or simply considered craziness. Nonetheless it is safe to say that the value of such work strictly depends on its place in a given society. In the case of Gorée Island’s artists, they find themselves in a rather particular situation. Africa is well known as an inexhaustible source of art. Therefore when someone living in Africa decides to live from his art, it may seem a little “absurd” because everyone there is considered an artist at heart! Therefore it is reasonable to differentiate between talent and good taste. When I came across many...

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Profile | SWAAV – Tailored Magnificence

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The age old tradition of tailored looks for men goes back quite a few centuries. The Italians have perfected the craft and now Saville Row has taken the tradition to new Bespoke levels. In South Africa, the brand SWAAV created by Motselisi Silindane – affectionately known as MC, is using these techniques to offer a consultative approach to her clients. Her clients comprise of Men of distinction, from Media personalities to top Executives and prominent Law Advocates. We recently caught up with her, and this is what she has to say: SWAAV is a Gentlemen’s image consultancy business with a customized service, where we take a client’s through a style analysis. This includes taking their measurements and creating clothes to the frame of their body. We create suits and shirts for our clientele and also advise on colour and...

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Designer Thabo Makhetha making Basotho style fashionable

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September is Heritage month in South Africa, and on 24 September South Africans are encouraged to partake in different ways of celebrating our diverse cultures. At Nich we believe that your heritage is your inheritance and should be celebrated as a matter of course. The mountain people of Lesotho are known to wear their heritage with pride. Kobo ea Basotho is a symbol of pride and kinship for Basotho. Historically the Blanket as a material, much like SeShweshwe, did not originate in Africa. But Basotho took a utilitarian product like the Blanket and innovated a way to adorn it as part and parcel of their culture. The Blanket is also a very important part of ceremonial occasions, from weddings to funerals. And Designer Thabo Makhetha has created a fresh new way of reinterpreting this material to make it accessible not only locally...

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An Art tribute to Madiba

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We celebrate the Legacy of Nkosi Dalibhunga Rolihlahla Nelson Madiba Mandela with Artworks that have immortalised his image....

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