Fabrosanz X Renaissance Design collaborated on a new collection called ‘MY ALTITUDE’, which pays homage to the Pedi, Tsonga & Venda people of Limpopo South Africa. At the core of both brands stems our passion that is fueled by our love for the African continent and it’s array of multicultural heritage.
These 3 cultures are rarely represented on the runways & are located in the Northern part of South Africa. North signifies the highest point, one’s sense of balance & one ‘s origins or beginnings.
Photo credits_ Fabrosanz, Dj Zinhle, Connie More & AFI.
The Rain Maker pattern was inspired by a unique Female dynasty located in the Limpopo Province, in a place known as Ga-Modjadji. The People who live in this Kingdom are called ‘Balubedo’ and they speak ‘Kilubedo’ which is Sepedi with a difference in vocabulary. The ‘K’ is emphasized. These 3 cultures are rarely represented on the runways & are located in the Northern part of South Africa. North signifies the highest point, one’s sense of balance & one‘s origins / beginnings.
The 1st Rain Queen ‘Maselekoane Modjadji’ was the only Female ruler during her reign and her entire kingdom was mainly run by women, which made her a respected figure in an era when women were not given leadership positions in Society.
The Rain Queen was given this name as she could make rain. This special mystical gift had been handed down to 6 Queens, from mother to daughter since 1800. I drew inspiration from rain drops that are splashed onto a glass window, where the droplets slide down the surface in skew lines. I then used a combination of straight lines and circles to represent the streaks and droplets, creating a strong stripped composition.
The pattern signifies the power of RAIN in the cycle life and aligns it with the power of WOMEN in society.
Photo credits _ Trenery