Water Carry Me Go Artist Profile: Sindiso Khumalo (South Africa/UK)

In anticipation of the fashion-art exhibit Water Carry Me Go, we’ve created a series introducing all of the designers involved. Read the rest of them here.

Sindiso Khumalo – South Africa/UK


Sindiso Khumalo is a South African textile designer living and working in Hackney, London. A Central St Martins graduate, Khumalo, studied architecture at the University of Cape Town prior to moving to London, where she went on to study a Masters in Design for Textile Futures. Sindiso Khumalo founded her eponymous label in 2012, with a  focus on creating modern sustainable textiles. With her complex graphic language she has developed a uniquely colourful visual voice, which draws upon her Zulu and Ndebele heritage. Sustainability, craft and empowerment lie at the heart of the label. In October 2015, she won the Womenswear Award for the Vogue Italia “Who’s On Next Dubai” competition. Fashion and empowerment is what Sindiso feels very passionately about. She has spoken on sustainability in the fashion industry at the United Nations and is currently working closely with the International Trade Centre Ethical Fashion Initiative. She has showcased work at the Royal Festival Hall in London, The Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington and the Louisiana Museum in Denmark. Her work has been published in “Africa: Architecture, Culture and Identity. We’re proud to introduce Sindiso as one of the featured artists in Water Carry Me Go.

1) How did you approach the theme of water for your piece in Water Carry Me Go?

I approached it like I do all my textile projects. I started out by thinking about the materials and what they would do to translate into the concept.

2) What motivated you to be involved in this project?

It’s an interesting conversation on the significance of water in Africa. I wanted to be a part of that conversation.

3) What does your workspace look like right now? Is there anything else you want to add?

It’s filled with lots of fabric samples and a big calendar of the year ahead. We are currently preparing for Milan fashion week, so we’re testing out new fabrications and doing a lot of experimenting.


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