I cannot express the uneasiness in me caused by these findings that brought a nostalgic intrusion of mystery and beauty all at once. The truth about head wraps has released me from a tyranny of conscious thoughts about my past.
A story about my past is that , In the beginning of times, it is said that head wraps were a standard dress for the enslaved. In the west, they were worn by African-American slaves so as to absorb their perspiration as they worked tirelessly in the harsh sun. Now, the truth about my past is, here, south of the equator before slavery, Africans had identified with it as a communal identity symbol and further used it as a shield to tote water or balance off farm produce on their heads.
Originally from the sub-Sahara, head wraps are worn usually by women to functions or special celebrations as a sign of respect.In my Tswana culture, a head wrap, tukwi, is an essential cultural token – a concrete token or symbol of identification, and mostly worn as a status symbol and also signals botho “respect“. It is donned mostly by married women for special celebrations and occasions like weddings, or used as a veil for widows, but in black.
Fast forward to the modern times, one feet from gold, still painting our own visual meditation, head wraps are still regarded as a significant part in most African cultures. They are nowadays mostly worn as a sense of style -a fashion statement or as an accessory solution to cure a bad hair day. In fashion terms, the bold and ornate the cloth, the bolder the tribal art statement.
As I was skimming through historical articles and journals (Unwinding the symbols) about head wraps, I learnt that it might have been an object of oppression from one vantage point, years ago for Africans Americans but for us, Africans, it shall remain an important token of cultural conversation – a crown rather than a helmet of courage.
Therefore, on this day I say, NOW is the time, more than ever to be ruthless. Be ruthless with ourselves and embrace who we truly are. To the world, respect OUR doek, respect the tukwi, in all its African sherbet hues.
Happy Youth Day!
- The African American Woman’s Headwrap: Unwinding the Symbols By: Helen Bradley Griebel
Photography | Botlhe Dikobe
With the new wave of cool- the unspoken minimalism, social media (instagram) visually cool rule, it’s so easy to lose yourself. It’s so easy to lose your own voice and follow other people’s own perspectives and (fashion) choices.
So, how do you free yourself from these false or unhelpful beliefs that the world throws at you and somehow become ingrained in the deepest recesses of your mind? As I took time off, I learnt that, everything is a self-portrait, so is fashion. I’ve come to realize and accept the fact that, I am colour. I am print vomit. I am more. I am not less. I am clashing personalities, a quirky sense of fashion and humor. I am an exaggeration in my fashion choices. I am not the new wave of suit and sneakers kind of girl. I am all in one and that’s okay. That’s okay by me.
So, when I woke up today, I felt a freeing feeling in the way that I respond to the world that deems being ‘less’ in fashion a thing. I will continue to dress my world, one hue at a time, two prints a day, with or without a nod from the world.
What I know for sure is, the world keeps changing its mind. Better create your own, solidify your identity, and be your “new kind of cool”- all ways, always.
Photography | Botlhe Dikobe
What if you wake up one day and receive a call that could change your life forever? I cannot express the shocking uneasiness caused in me by this intrusion of beauty. Well, on the 10th September 20…
Source: CNN interviews GaTsh Fros
What if you wake up one day and receive a call that could change your life forever?
I cannot express the shocking uneasiness caused in me by this intrusion of beauty. Well, on the 10th September 2015 our lives changed when we received a call from CNN headquarters about a feature on CNN for African Voices.What a godly moment for me and my second self, Gaone!
African voices- African Voices highlights the continent’s most dazzling trendsetters who create their own subcultures in areas such as travel, fashion, art, music, technology and architecture.
On 10th September,2015, we took out our most fashion forward, gatshy, quirky fashion to prepare for the biggest shoot of our lives yet- CNN interview shoot.
A combination of authentic creativity and new culture, a re-visit of time and a diverse message of futurism was the theme of the day. 6am, we made our way to the world class phoot studio booth, Image Lounge for a fashion shoot that immaculately designed the Africa that we have always known, the Africa that is a portal of inspiration..The Africa that is and not a trend. It was our prerogative to show another side of Africa which the media does not always portray.
Lights, camera, action! We started of showing our designs, the mogagolwane and went on the itinerary for the day which was to show a new Africa, an increasingly prosperous continent which has become the yardstick for defining fashion across the globe and defying judgmental platitudes.
Models: Kaone Monamodi and Nature Inger in GaTsh Fros Kobo collection
Kaone Monamodi in Shorts: GaTsh Fros
Side prop top: Botho Chalebgwa by BOTOCY
Nature in GaTsh Fros, LORE LO OJWA ensemble
MODEL Nature Inger in Aobakwe Molosiwa Leteisi Playsuit.
We took the crew to a place that is so dear to our hearts. The flea market. The flea market gives us those once off pieces that instantaneously makes one’s closet a rich era of yester-year fashion and futuristic fashion duds. To wrap up the day, we showed Botswana’s bestest in street style and a gatshy street style shoot where we showed our style and many of our favorite looks from our closets.
At The end of the day, this was the beginning of our fashionable lives,
Because GOD, ..
Watch the video here, GaTsh Fros on CNN
BEHIND THE SCENES
The team with THE VOICE NEWSPAPER editor, EMANG BOKHUTLO (centre)
A hearty thank you to Image lounge Botswana, Make up artist Bojelo Marari, The Voice Newspaper, Models Kaone Monamodi and Nature Inger. Last but not least Kabelo “K-BOS” Motlhatlhedi.
I have decided to embrace this androgynous side I had shied away from for so long. Here is the simple truth about clothes. Keep the ones you love to wear. Here is another truth, minimalism, simplification, basic, plain, unfussy is a science and i am here to learn.
PHOTOGRAPHY | BOTLHE DIKOBE (BD PHOTOGRAPHY)
What a freeing feeling it is to tell the world about a system that is not written by anyone but you? A system that lives dangerously free within your thoughts that you can uniquely address, express and expose willingly!
I realized that marches don’t work anymore, but that there is a new kind where you do not really have to SHOUT, or walk it out with a large white board. This new kind, you show. I have never felt so much euphoria and joy to be given such a great platform by the editor of NEW AFRICAN WOMAN EDITOR, REGINA, who asked me to share my work for the New Africa Woman fashion section a while back (5 months ago). This submission made it into the fashion section for NEW AFRICAN WOMAN issue 26, August/September 2014. Moreover, I am humbled and honored to be one of the few, (if not the first) motswana to grace an INTERNATIONAL FASHION MAGAZINE COVER.
What a great opportunity it is to expose Botswana’s precious gems of creatives and show the world who we are and what we stand for? It would be a sin to miss an opportunity to help another being get the recognition they deserve. Hence we turned this amazing opportunity into an ode to Botswana’s fashion industry featuring BW team of fashion creatives- the “creme de la creme” of BW fashion multipliers & designers, Neo Ooke (AFRICAN LACE) and Kaone Moremong (House of Kay),the amazing models Naledi Mabena and Palesa Kasale, amazing photographer Kago Seatile (Kagography), professional make-up artist Tuauana Reetsang (SCOTSWANA MAKE-UP) for their active minds and amazing point of view on fashion. For the cover, many hearty thanks goes to Raees Abdoola for the rich (billion dollar) cover and photography, Jennifer Osei-Mensah for the face beat (make-up), and Thapelo Letsebe for his unique styling on the spread.
We exposed Africa’s diverse, rich fashion and culture, through the new model of African designers epitomized by these 2 talented Botswana designers who I thought were fitting, have a unique eye and hand finish to best tell our African story. Their garments exhibit a new style of African fashion- a combination of creativity and new culture, a re-visit of time and a diverse message of futurism through their designs. Their intricacy,craftsmanship, and detailing are indeed exquisite. They immaculately design the Africa that we have always known, the Africa that is a portal of inspiration and which is not a trend. This is the new Africa, an increasingly prosperous continent which has become the yardstick for defining fashion across the globe and defying judgmental platitudes.
Welcome to Africa, the Africa they don’t tell you about.
HERE is the work I did – styling for New African WOMAN magazine (ISSUE 26) with my partner Gaone Mothibi.
OUR FASHION CONTRIBUTION An exceptional headdress, which instantaneously makes any African woman a queen that she knows she is Rich, textured, and proud of her uncontaminated roots Practical, desirable with minimalism details proving why her ladylike gestures whose quiet beauty will ensure long after the spotlight has dimmed. DESERT FLOWER: Playing with what it means to be African, fused with African tribal elements to create a contemporary feel.
Get transported and immersed in Africa’s global trotter of bold prints, exotic accents, and earthly brights that take you in and out of Africa. Just a colourful stream of consciousness and creativity that flows out of Africa to the world, perfectly capturing the new Africa- Africa that is vibrant, rich, diverse and most of all, modern and authentic. Now tell me, where to from here? Every home needs a signature piece, and you know Africa’s: Printed, embellished, high-voltage or dual textures.
Kaone Moremong’s collection draws inspiration from the sexy 50’s: flowy cuts fused with a touch of African print and chic African Lace head-gear. A case of West meets South.
TILL NEXT TIME BECAUSE..Africa is calling!
FOR FASHION CONTRIBUTION
PHOTOGRAPHY | KAGO SEATILE (FASHION CONTRIBUTION SHOOT)
MAKE-UP ARTIST | TUAUANA REETSANG
MODELS | NALEDI MABENA & PALESA KASALE
STYLISTS | TSHOLO DIKOBE & GAONE MOTHIBI
DESIGNER | KAONE MOREMONG (HOUSE OF KAY)
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER | NEO MOTSEOISI OOKE (AFRICAN LACE)
PHOTOGRAPHY | RAEES ABDOOLA (FASHION COVER SHOOT)
MAKE-UP ARTIST | JENNIFER OSEI-MENSAH
COVER GIRL | TSHOLO DIKOBE
DESIGNER DRESS | KAONE MOREMONG (HOUSE OF KAY)
DESIGNER ACCESSORIES | NEO MOTSEOISI OOKE (AFRICAN LACE)
FROM: ME (Tsholo, The KHOI-FRO)
SUBJECT: BRAND AMBASSADOR AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2014
I am honored and pleased to announce that I am the BRAND AMBASSADOR for Africa London Fashion Week 2014.
Africa Fashion Week London is a prestigious and esteemed platform that continues to be one of the biggest shows for Africans, Africa and the diaspora in the UK. I am humbled to continue providing my community with this platform that encourages a more proactive role and be a conduit to the public in providing efficient and developed information in all fields of fashion and culture.
The appointment was made by Ronke Ademiluyi, founder of AFWL who stated that I am the right voice of African Fashion , moreover I embody AFWL’s identity in appearance, demeanor values and ethics. Though I am this year’s brand ambassador, I have also been chosen to represent Botswana to Africa Fashion Week London 2014 with my business partner and friend, Gaone Mothibi as Botswana Representatives. Our role lies in our ability to use promotional strategies that will strengthen the African fashion, as well as Botswana Fashion to bigger platforms and influence a larger audience to buy Africa and embrace its presence in the world of fashion.
I act as a conduit and a gateway between African designers and the global fashion community to engage and promote our local African industry. This title offers vast fashion industry, much exposure to green economy, coupled with skills to take my career and my intended profession to another level hence enriching and raising Botswana’s fashion climate, further drawn international attention and acclaim from magazines across Africa and the world, as well as attracting a host of international buyers for Botswana designers.
AFWL will help brand a new Botswana where now the focus is in favour of raiment designs by local Botswana talent. Furthermore, we are hoping to raise awareness to the challenges facing young artists and designers and raise funds not only to support their talent but also present their best in creative innovation and commercial success.
This delegation in developing and unearthing emerging or upcoming designers for Africa Fashion Week London 2014 is a clear nod and indication that African Fashion is spoken for all we need to do is think global to go global. Fashion is story-telling our cultures, and I believe in celebrating and indulging in different cultures as opposed to keeping our culture to ourselves.
What a fashion defining moment! I knew all along that I could do it but never in a million years like this…
It’s the extra-ordinary moments like these that I can’t take credit for. To God be the glory!!
Co-Founder of GaTsh Fros
The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.
I have a marvelous capacity for misery and happiness for colours through colours. I have always colour-blocked all my life way before I even knew that I was “colour-blocking”. Colour blocking is an outfit made up of ‘blocks’ of solid colours. I got bored over the fact that it became a fashion “trend” while it meant so much more for me.2 years ago, I got a little edgier and invented my own kind, with a little sense of humor- colour shocking. Colour shocking is an outfit made up of 1 solid colour and/or its shades from head to toe.
I have shown all of my colors but my favorite. Most people do not like to reveal themselves in colour, they tend to play it safe and cover their feelings with only the blacks and whites but beneath the constant monochrome sits a myriad of sherbet hues in them. Anyways, Mustard-Yellow have always been my favourite. I love to seek solace in it when the world isn’t giving face. My grandmother once told me it stands for the sun- sunshine and I have always loved it…
With everything that’s happening in the world right now why not donate a colour to make the world beam? Bold strokes, primary hues, vivid neons, and pretty pastels, this season’s Colour shocking will be the new quirky way to wear colour and shocking sherbets that instantly changes your mood and brings about happy thoughts.Try something different and daring this winter-The new ‘happy’ fashion trend. Get involved in this new happiness project. Send a snap of yourself colour shocking your favourite sherbet hue to firstname.lastname@example.org and lets spread love, light and beautiful hues this winter season!
Remember colour shocking isn’t just a fashion trend, its an attitude!
till next time because we happy!!
LEGiT x DINEO RANAKA for LUVDR
Temperatures are dropping, run-ways are sizzling,the fashion trends are enchanting and versatile with new themes and some major pizzazz! Whether you sheepishly follow trends, ignore them, or rebel against them entirely, the one thing you can’t do is deny their existence!There is definitely no dimming winter season’s fair share of sparkle in the fashion calendar.
The evolution and transitioning from summer to winter fashion was best embraced and re-defined when LEGiT, a South-African based fashion-forward, style-savvy retail in collaboration with the bubbly, business mogul and ever-stunning Dineo Ranaka- LEGiT 2014 winter brand ambassador launched her LUVDR winter range 2014 in Botswana, Rail-park mall.
“For me the word LOVE is perfect for this campaign it’s all about being true to yourself, being authentic, and real as well as expressing yourself. It’s exciting and big, but so calm, a happy campaign and beautiful partnership”, she said in a recent interview.
Just when you thought winter dressing had run out of ideas, LUVDR range brings you a display of subtle sophistication, impeccable prints, layers of leather, moody colours, gold embellishments, textured and stylish prints,IT leather jacket that sits neatly at the waist and sausage dresses that have the standout factor. The whole range encompasses gorgeous embroideries that are deeply-rooted in tradition but in a subtle manner, taking hold of the fashion world quite unexpectedly.
Winter is not about depressing, dull colours and covering yourself in layers of un-inspired outwear. You want to transform your outfit from drab to fab this winter?
LUVDR range takes on exaggerated proportions for winter with large, chunky gold neck-pieces adornments positioned prominently on colourful sausage dresses, shining beads and luxurious crystals, embellishments that has become key to accent both the femininity and the concept of modern luxury. Whether it’s a boldly printed or inventively cut seasonal sweater or a checked outerwear, these outwear elevated wardrobe essentials are easy-chic pieces to pair with tailored pants or flirty penicl skirt- perfect for sneakily kicking up your day time, night or work outfit.
The entire range revolves around this very idea, mixed in with some global travel inspirations and a pinch of modern edgy sentiments. Speaking to the LEGiT brand manager, Ocean Ngobeni, fashion to them is aspirational. LEGiT is an aspirational brand that caters to the younger market- that young woman who knows she is worthy of following her goals and is not intimidated to do so. It gives an instant ‘feel good-look good”- just the right amount of shine and confidence without denting their pockets. She fashionably admitted that we should look out for long skirts, denim skirts/shirts, chunky heels, peplum pants, leather jackets, sweat pants and baseball jacket as some of this seasons’ hottest buys.
Get a boost from the LUV DR range – look forward to your Mondays, get excited by fashion that makes getting out of bed on a cold morning much easier. No, we are not are telling you what to wear. We are here to inform and inspire, but never to dictate. Your wardrobe is your playground and LEGiT is just showing you new fashion duds you should try. Inspired by love,designed for the real world- onto the LEGiT hangers, and into your wardrobes. LUVDR
THE KHOI-FRO X LEGiT LUVDR
Wearing one of DINEO’s 5 favourite LUV DR range-a fit-and-flare body con check midi length dress that compliments the look I am into now, minimalism. Add a black chic coat and you are ready for your dinner date!
Here is how I styled my gift voucher.Check-mate!🙂
My LUVDR gift voucher AND some of my LUVDR favorites…
A big hearty round of thanks to LEGiT for the fab gift voucher, a gatshy wardrobe upgrade and winter ammunition fashion duds, courtesy of LEGiT brand Manager Ocean Ngobeni – I feel loved too!
till next time.. because YOU have to make a statement🙂
Cut-out boot P399.99
Check midi dress P329.99
Gold Sequined top P199.99
Gold Sandals P229.99
Cream white skirt P199.99
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Kissed by the sun twice..
I like my shoes or clothes with a little sense of humor. That’s why I love weird shoes or a garment that you can’t figure out in an instant. In life, like they say, you have to take risks. Go for the complicated stuff, then break them. I have “sky-dived” before, cruised an ocean in a mini yacht on a stormy weather,felt the evil but the faith remained stronger.TODAY I stood in the middle of A1-one of Botswana’s busiest lanes. Chuck Taylors on my feet, No care in the world because I am alive! To onlookers, it was probably a stupid thing to do, but to me- it’s “the secret”. Blood-adrenaline rush and going against the rules. Maybe this is all we need. All i know is, on a day like this,my chucks’ gives me light, a little light. The beaming kind.
N.b This was rooted in the mindset of creativity, mischief and rebellion.
I guess what I am trying to say is, find something or someone you love then take risks for it/them-whether a shoe, a person or your passion. Do or Do not, there is no try.
PHOTOGRAPHY | KHWEZI MPHATLALATSAN’
Till next time because..tomorrow will be different.