Anisa through the looking glass
A local designer has taken the Wonderland of her dreams and turned it into reality with her award-winning label, Loin Cloth and Ashes. I meet Anisa Mpungwe in a small café just outside her shop in the popular Maboneng precinct in Johannesburg. This sexy and inviting space, cool but informal, provides the ideal shell for Mpungwe's rich collections of streetwear-chic garments, a carefree clash of traditional fabrics and structured cuts.
The daughter of a Tanzanian diplomat, Mpungwe arrived in South Africa at the age of 10, following her father's appointment in the country. Two of her parents' guests were Tanzania's former prime minister and secretary general of the Organisation of African Unity, Salim Ahmed Salim, and his wife Amne.
She wasn't wearing anything fancy: an Arabic-inspired print chiffon [and] georgette long kaftan, a Tanzanian gold necklace with earrings, and her hair was tied in a bun. She wore East African jasmine scented oil&ndashI asked her because she smelt so good.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Teacher/Daily Mail & GuardianSimilar Stories