LUSH GIRL COLLECTION

The Lush Girl Collection combines the essences of two Lesotho grown brands: Zhuang Ka Joang and Spirit of Art. Zhuang Ka Joang founder Anna Cai is a Chinese Indonesian-American graphic artist, dancer, architect and designer. From 2016-2018, Cai lived in the highlands of Mokhotlong for two years as a teaching volunteer. It was there that she learned how to weave hats using various grass species with balisana in her village. From there, Zhuang (meaning “powerful” in Chinese) Ka Joang was born. Zhuang Ka Joang connects styles from Cai’s Asian background with traditional Basotho weaving techniques and materials. Spirit Of Art is a brand founded by Nthabiseng Mohanela in 2014. Nthabiseng is a fashion designer, stylist, arts and craft coordinator, a musician and Fire dancer from Maseru, Lesotho. Having obtained her BA in Interior Architecture in 2013, Nthabiseng preferred to follow her passion in the Art as a stylist and live performer under the alias Te Reo. In 2015, Spirit of Art initiated a program called Trash To Treasure as a way of educating other designers of the importance of recycling and sustainable living. After several successful workshops held in Lesotho, Spirit of Art ventured out to Pretoria, South Africa this year to continue sharing Macramé and Crocheting skills with other artists through a program
called Crafting with Te Reo.The Lush Girl Collection combines vernacular material, various crafting techniques and cultures to create a look for summer swimwear that is fresh, playful, abundant and full of life. Cai and Te Reo share a background in architecture which has led to their mutual passion for pushing the boundaries of all material exploration.


Through this collaboration, Cai and Te Reo exchange deep understandings of fabrication and craftsmanship using weaving, macramé knotting, and crocheting. Beyond that, the collection aspires to push Afro-Asian design---combining the background of each designer to produce something new and extraordinary for an audience in Lesotho and abroad. 
 

COMPANY DETAILS

COMPANY:  Zhuang Ka Joang
EMAIL: [email protected]
CONTACT: +266 5858 7658 

SPRING I SUMMER 2018 COLLECTION

COMPANY DETAILS

COMPANY:  Spirit of Art
EMAIL: [email protected]
CONTACT: +266 5858 7658 



 
For enquiries, please email us at: [email protected] 
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