Founded by Sinoneliso (Sino) Xaba, who has a qualification in textile design and printing, Egoli Textiles has been in the business for five years. Prior to opening her own African fashion studio, Xaba started by selling her textile fabrics, African fashion and accessories through flea markets, trade shows and exhibitions, locally and in Europe.
Egoli textiles kimono. Picture: Supplied.
She has since created a brand that is focused on sustainable fashion, ethical business practices and is conscious of skills development and training. Adding value to customers, being environmentally conscious and giving back to the youth through skills training is important for Egoli Textile Designs.
“Everything we do at Egoli Textiles is to ensure that as a business, we contribute meaningfully not only to the growth of the South African economy, but to also develop - together with the support of our customers - a sustainable fashion business that is profitable with minimal impact to the environment founded on ethical business practices,” says Xaba.
Egoli textiles pillow. Picture: Supplied.
Specialising in African prints, wax prints, tie dye silk screen printing, and high quality ready to wear African fashion such as sarongs/African kimono’s, headwraps/scarves, one of a kind beaded leather bags, the brand has managed to offer training skills for the youth.
They have a Digital African Textile Design course which breaks away from the mould with regard to African indigenous designs. It is an unprecedented training course that is offered to unemployed graduates in the field of textile, fashion and graphic design.
The aim of the course is to teach graduates digital African textile design and to help up-scale micro enterprises in the textile and fashion industry through the use of computer software.
Egoli textiles dress. Picture: Supplied.
“The training is a first of its kind training course, focused on teaching trainees how to interpret and design African indigenous designs onto fabric. An important aspect of the training is to address the skills shortage in the manufacturing and design of indigenous southern African textiles.
“Second, there is a shortage of textile and fashion designers who have the ability and skill to design textiles and garments using digital technology (computer software and computers). The use of digital technology is an integral part of the company’s philosophy towards growth and innovation. The course piloted in 2016 with the support of the FPMN Seta,” Xaba adds.
Egoli Textile Designs is also the supplier of Burgundy Fly retail boutiques with a ready to wear African fashion range - in Rosebank, The Glen Shopping centre and Menlyn Shopping Centre. It also supplies Singita Luxury Lodges with custom made cushions. Xaba also released a SinoBuhle collection. The inspiration behind the range is the need for beautiful garments to celebrate the African summer while looking elegant and relaxed.
More innovative designs that celebrate African heritage and culture are expected to be revealed next year. For updates, follow on Instagram @egolitextiledesigns, Facebook @egolitextiles, Twitter @EgoliTextiles.