When Phophi Mudau realised that none of the clothing in stores represented her heritage or the people of Limpopo, she knew she had to start her own line. Today, she is the proud owner of her very own Limpopo-inspired range, Pdesigns SA.
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The young woman said that traditional clothing is at risk of not being recognised by the coming generation. It's this hunger to conserve Tshivenda and Xitsonga culture that made her pursue her fashion line.
Mudau began experimenting with a sewing machine at her home in Matanda village. The outfits she designed and assembled were the perfect blend of traditional patterns and modern styles.
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Because her concepts were not yet popular, she had to test the market by wearing her clothing to a friend's wedding. The bold move paid off because six years later, her creations have become fashionable.
“The clothes I make allow people to express every version of themselves at the same time."
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She encourages other young people to make their own clothing.
“I’m set on using as many of South Africa’s beautiful traditional fabrics as possible to create garments that speak to the soul of our country"
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