If you saw Katungulu Mwendwa’s Guérewol-inspired wall hanging, then the designer’s recently released collection – People of the Taboo – may very well seem familiar to you. The Wodaabe of Niger and the Guérewol Festival also inspired this collection, a beautiful mix of tailored jackets, shift dresses, shirts and trousers, some of which are adorned with elaborate prints.
Katungulu spent the last year experimenting and bringing this collection to life. The primary distinction between the printed wall hanging and the material in this collection is that while the latter was screen-printed, the material in this collection was digitally printed.
Known for her ability to create at once arresting and comfortable designs, the designer tells me that this collection is “… the closest to my personality. Every piece is comfortable. [It is] most true to who I am…and how I feel as a person”.
Photograph by Shifteye Photography, and courtesy of Katungulu Mwendwa.