DESIGNER NAME: Mille Collines BACKGROUND: Rwanda
To relentlessly channel Africa’s abundant creativity and culture into timeless fashion.
Africa’s Essence: Our core mission is to channel the creativity, culture and strength of Africa into timeless, internationally revered fashion.
Story Telling: Each product we create tells astory.
From inspiration to fruition,every finished piece of art sharesthreads of a beautiful African story.
Innovate or Die: Creativity, uniqueness and innovationdrive every decision we make. Innovation is at the core of our ethos.
COLLECTION INSPIRATION FOR MBFWCT
Our Collection this year is inspired by the extraordinary Swahili culture which is present along the Swahili coast. The culture is rich in arts as seen in their Architecture, Furniture, Fashion, Beauty, Music, literature and so forth, being that African and Arabic/Persian traditions gave rise to Swahili culture, we see a lot of multicultural influence in a lot of their arts and crafts. Waswahili are creatively very expressive people, we chose to focus on their architecture and their dressing to tell a beautiful story through our collection and shed a different light /perspective on how Swahili culture is viewed in the modern world. Kanga being a Swahili staple cloth that is used daily, we deconstructed it from its heritage to create statement prints that would feel iconic on a very neutral and clean background. A contrast we see very often in their culture.
We borrowed weaving techniques that Swahili people use for mats, hats, baskets using palm leaves to create hand woven leather bags in basket and half-moon shapes. Our jewellery features shapes, textures and cut outs that are pulled from Swahili elaborate, delicate hand carvings wall features that are against clean solid white walls, wooden carved doors with brass detailing that depict power and class. We used a combination of porcelain delicately mounted on brass and brass with horn to give a touch of the Swahili architecture.
August 2011 Second award for the 2011 SMME Africa Awards.
February 2011 Award young social entrepreneurs by Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM). Special panel of judges’ award.
April 2011 Selected as one of the 20 Fellows in a pool of 600 applicants from around the world.
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