Award-winning fashion designer, Thebe Magugu - whose garments and designs have been worn by international stars such as Issa Rae and Beyonce - has created a fabric that he claims kills 99% of viruses, including Covid-19.
Taking to his Instagram page, the Kimberly born designer announced the groundbreaking design deemed the Anti-Viral Yarn and said that he created it in collaboration with Eastern Cape based weaver and knitter company, Hinterveld SA, as well as Svenmill SA.
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“I am so proud of this fabric we developed, not only because it kills 99% of all viruses that land on its surface (tested with Covid-19) but because it has entirely been produced in South Africa. This is the crafted work of hands from so many provinces - Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Gauteng - who have all pushed themselves to create this beautiful cerise tweed," he wrote.
Magugu also explained that the inspiration behind his autumn/winter 2021 collection is the changing face of African spirituality.
"I think the idea of feeling protected is so relevant to not only the times we are in but the inspiration of the collection as well, which deals with the changing face of African Spirituality...the fabric has been fashioned into a longline, single-breast coat with a matching utility apron," he said.
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In an interview with the Daily Maverick back in 2019 after he had been selected for the LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) Prize, Magugu explained that he creates clothing that has meaning.
“…I really do want to make sure that I am happy in the life I’m living but I also want to make sure that if ever I do leave, God forbid, that I would have contributed something quite solid not only to the industry but the world in general. I just want to have made an impact and contributed to something bigger than myself,” he told the publication.
Here's a look at the creation process of Thebe Magugu’s Anti-Viral Yarn fabric which kills viruses: