Mozambican brand, Taibo Bacar, showcased its Fall 2017 collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2017 held in Cape Town. Minimalist silhouettes, a sumptuous palette of deep blues, yellow gold, and earth tones are all that made up this collection. According to the brand, this collection is an ode to Mozambican heritage.
“The culture of Mozambique is in large part derived from its history of Bantu, Swahili and Portuguese rule, and has expanded since independence in 1975. The majority of its inhabitants are black Africans. Its main language is Portuguese. Its median religion is roman catholicism, but only about 40% of the inhabitants are Christian,”
“The makonde are renowned for their wood carving and elaborate masks that are commonly used in ritual dances. There are two different kinds of wood carvings. Shetani (evil spirit), which are mostly carved in heavy ebony, tall, and elegant curved with symbols and nonrepresentational faces. The ujumaa are totem-type carvings which illustrate lifelike faces of people and various figures. These sculptures are usually referred to as “family trees” because they tell stories of many generations.”
According to the brand’s creative designer. his work is influenced by his Mozambican heritage, its rich customs, and the strength of its woman.