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8.17.2012

Amakrwala.

Xhosa-inspired knitwear for Amakrwala by Luduma Ngxokolo.
Luduma's designs are so impeccable - my word. His brand "MaXhosa" has been around for a while now.
He designed a range of men’s knitwear for Amakrwala, in order to introduce traditional Xhosa aesthetics into their attire.
"But what does Amakrwala mean? Traditionally, in the Eastern Cape Xhosa communities, hundreds of Xhosa boys aged between eighteen and twenty-three attend Xhosa circumcision schools for a manhood initiation ritual. After these Xhosa initiates return home from the initiation school, they are guided through a six-month process where their elders teach them manhood protocol. Xhosa initiates are traditionally called Amakrwala during this process."

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