"slow wear for a fast world in an African context"
Mindful of the centuries-old traditions of ancient China’s Mulberry Culture, Mantua Silkwear produces slow wear for a fast world in an African context. One considered piece at a time.
Mantua Silkwear is inspired by the ethereal luminosity of silk and how it transforms to the body. As a counterpoint to disposable fashion, the Mantua Collection of silk scarves and is trans-seasonal and beyond trends. Watercolour artworks are printed onto silk scarves in limited editions. The design process is driven by an intrinsic awareness of colour, space and shape, and of the body as a canvas for wearable art. The scarves are cut and hemmed at our small home-studio nestled in the heart of the winelands, Stellenbosch, using only the finest Chinese silk.
In the hands of textile and clothing designer Juandi Andrag, silk takes sensual shape to tell stories that unfold and mutate over time. Her creations are visually impactful, iridescent expressions of the dualistic fragility and fortitude of feminine energy and also a tribute to Mother Africa who nourishes us with her magic power. Delicate, yet durable.