24 September marks an important holiday on the South African calendar: Heritage day. Although this holiday is in commemoration of the Zulu King, Shaka Zulu's death, many people celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many different cultures that make up our rainbow nation.
A lot of us only wear our traditional clothing on this day and on special occasions, but some local brands have made sure that their customers incorporate their traditions into their every day lives through accessories, toys, clothing and even home appliances.
Here 5 brands we should support this Heritage month.
1. Era by DJ Zinhle
Era by DJ Zinhle is an accessory brand for women which was founded by DJ Zinhle in 2012. The brand now offers watches, sunglasses as well as other jewellery pieces such as bracelets and earrings. The Afro watch and Asante watch collections have a design that is inspired by African prints and is perfect for everyday wear.
The prices from the collections currently range from R350-R749 on the website.
2. Nandikwa Dolls
The Nandikwa Doll brand was founded by Meyerton-based internal auditor, Mmule Ramothibe in 2012. She initially started making the dolls to address the shortage of ethnic like dolls in the market. Now, the Nandikwa dolls range includes dolls with different ethnic hairstyles who wear different attire across all different cultures, such as Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Venda, and Tsonga.
The dolls retail at R480 each and are available on their website.
3. Zuluish appliances
Founder of Zuluish appliances, Yandisa Zulu, recently launched his first electronic product which is a kettle. Speaking to IOL, the 32-year-old entrepreneur revealed that he was in need of financial assistance to create job opportunities through his company. Zulu also revealed that the name of the brand is inspired by the idea of making it big and will serve as a reminder of his products' origin when they are sold internationally.
For now, the kettle is available to purchase from the company's WhatsApp store.
4. Katso Lux Curtains
Founder of Katso Lux Curtains, Dimakatso Dlamini, was tired of seeing curtains made from Italy and other European countries when visiting friends and family. She then came up with the idea of adding a heritage collection to her luxury curtain line and incorporated South African cultural designs.
The curtains are available for purchase from the company's WhatsApp store.
5. Carol Bouwer custom bags
Lat year, handbag designer and media personality, Carol Bouwer, collaborated with renowned artist, Dr Esther Mahlangu, to design custom bags that would serve as a testament to Africa's endowment and beauty. The luxury bag will be a collector's item.
The luxury bags are available from their website.