feature: the sacred lake of the venda tribe inspires johannesburg-based fashion label fundudzi’s aw2016 collection

May 27, 2016

Fundudzi is a Johannesburg fashion label created by designer Craig Jacobs. Drawing inspiration from the sacred lake of the Venda tribe, found in South Africa, Jacobs takes a naturalistic approach, color palette wise, by using colors reflected in the local landscape and wildlife. The mystical aura and traditional fabrics of their culture flavor the aesthetic of Fundudzi’s AW16 collection, as well as the scenic backdrop of the lookbook. See the AW16 collection, below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Models: Francis Buseko, Ebrahim Patel, Samuel Mukhuwana
Creative Director: Rich Mnisi
Assistants: Amy Zamas, Nao Serati
Makeup and hair by Kelly-Jean Gilbert

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at