On Friday we saw the winner of the most beautiful object being announced at this year’s edition of the Design Indaba. Thabisa Mjo took the title with her winning entry: the Tutu 2.0 Pendant Light which was inspired by the Xibelani skirt.
Mjo says that the tutu was inspired by the Xibelani skirt which is often worn by Tsonga women in Limpopo.
If African people had designed the original ballerina skirt, that’s what it would have looked like.— Thabisa Mjo, winner at the Design Indaba
Mjo says that she’s always wanted to juxtapose Western design aesthetics which are clean, straight lines with Africa’s bold, bright, and beautiful patterns.
We used so many different materials, and so many different patterns - it’s just a different expression.— Thabisa Mjo, winner at the Design Indaba
The Xibelani skirt is known for its tiered layers and colourful pleats.
Thabisa and her team created the Tutu 2.0 Pendant Light using thin steel rods as a frame, which was reinforced with tightly woven strands of wool and hundreds of red and black beads.
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