The Sijwa Hand Embroidery Coat
The Sijwa Coat is the beautiful result of our collaboration with The Sijwa Project.
I spend time in March at the beautiful African Monarch Lodge in Namibia to teach and share my skills with the ladies of The Sijwa Project.
- One of a kind
- Hand Embroidery detail
- Kimono Sleeves
- Calf length
- Oversized fit
- 3 Hook & Eye front closures
- Fabric: Bull denim
- Care instructions: Hand wash
With a passion to share our skills and empower women, we decided to teach them embroidery to add to their repertoire. The ladies were taught the different colour combinations and then taken through basic embroidery stitches. We skilfully coaxed each lady to tap into their inner artist and lovingly harness endless possibilities and creative styles.
Today we present to you the 3 garments designed and created by Isabel de Villiers, embroidered with love by the Sijwa seamsters and launched on the runway of SA Fashion Week hosted at the Mall of Africa in Johannesburg
“Collaborating with The Sijwa Project gave the decade celebration collection a deeper meaning of teamwork and shared passion. Seeing the end results of the hand embroidery pieces on the runway gave me goosebumps and tears. I am so proud of all the hard work and talent they put into each piece - they are collectors’ items, true artworks”, Isabel de Villiers
Gratitude to Nikita Rix-Venter of The Collective Boutique for her unwavering support and making the trip a reality.