South African designers' sangoma prints bring ancestors to the runway

Repurposing spiritual symbols for modern fashions

07 December 2020 - 09:15
By Nombuso Kumalo and Nomvelo Masango

The Amathonga cloth (also known as ihiya) holds great spiritual significance for those who believe in, and have a spiritual inclination to, their ancestors. The cloth is associated with traditional healers, their initiates and those who come to consult them. However, fashion designers have now debuted creations that have made use of the cloth on the runway.

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