Rwandan-born designer and visible artist Eli Gold left his residence when he was 13 as his nation was wracked by a civil warfare and genocide, a journey that took him throughout a number of African states.
Gold lived in Tanzania, Burundi and Malawi amongst others after leaving Rwanda, earlier than arriving in South Africa, the place he’s based mostly.
Now 30-year-old Gold expresses his love of the continent by artwork and vogue.
“By residing in these locations I acquired to know what Africa is about and I acquired to fulfill totally different cultures … the inspiration that I take advantage of in my creativity all come from totally different African cultures,” mentioned Gold.
His firm, Masa Mara, unveiled its newest vogue ranges at an occasion in Johannesburg on Tuesday to rejoice Africa Day, which commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity.
Catwalk fashions confirmed off his assortment of vibrant African prints referred to as “Migration Is Stunning, Destroy All Borders”, which is a name to embrace migration and, like a lot of Gold’s work, was impressed by his personal experiences.
“I wished to indicate that if we come collectively, perceive and embrace each other, we are able to have a gorgeous united Africa,” he mentioned of his work. “I all the time say, if the clothes can correspond and present concord and togetherness, we [as] individuals can even do this.”
Gold is often known as Nyambo MasaMara. Nyambo, which suggests “a long-horned Rwandan cow”, is a reputation he took after he styled his hair into the form of bull horns.
His different tasks embody “Past Borders”, a choreographed present the place a spirit travels by area and time to an Africa the place borders and limits to creativity don’t exist. His “Present of Life” exhibition additionally combines visible artwork and design with motion.
“I come from a nation that was damaged and now we’re fixing ourselves and reuniting higher than ever,” mentioned Gold.
“Once I left (Rwanda) it was a rustic that I used to be not proud to be part of,” mentioned Gold. “However after I went again (in 2017), it actually made me proud to be Rwandan.”
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