Since launching her eponymous brand in 2012, fashion designer Katungulu Mwendwa’s designs have reflected traditional African cultures in the hope that by popularising them she can help safeguard them.
For her most recent collection, Katungulu researched the Wodaabe of Niger and became fascinated by the Guérewol, an annual event where the men of the Wodaabe put on a spectacular courtship show.
The men spend hours getting ready, donning elaborate ornaments and traditional face paint, before singing and dancing to impress the women in attendance. Inspired by the men’s face paint, Katungulu designed a print which she screen-printed onto organic cotton weaved in Mwingi. She then made a large wall hanging with wide loops with which to hang it on the wall.
Photograph courtesy of Katungulu Mwendwa.