Local luxe boosted as Africa’s first-ever cashmere producer launches debut collection

Local luxe boosted as Africa’s first-ever cashmere producer launches debut collection

Ivili Loboya, an innovative textiles producer based at Ibika, near Butterworth in the rural Eastern Cape, is launching a first for Africa at the Impact Hub in Rosebank, Johannesburg, from 23 to 25 February. Among the yarns produced by the company is Africa’s first-ever indigenous cashmere, produced from the local iMbuzi goat. This yarn is showcased in a variety of fabrics, including blends with silk and merino wool, as Ivili Loboya’s debut Dedani Collection. Eco dyes from natural sources such as leaves, fruits, bark and flowers have been used to create the collection’s palette of warm, earthy tones. These include ochre, bone, nut, marula, wild peach and pitch. The Dedani Collection’s proudly indigenous luxury fabrics range from handspun and woven to hand knitted or machine-made, and are printed according to three design themes. Under the Clan theme, the main designs are Totem, an abstract presentation of natural objects and animals that reference spiritual ancestral connections, and Tyali, celebrating the Xhosa Makoti or bride and the fertility of the clan. The Earth theme combines references to the dichotomy of drought (Mbalela) and waterfalls (Amanzi), evoking the farmer’s reality and climate change. The Ethnic theme evokes and celebrates humanity’s common heritage through its interweaving geometrics and the cultural fusion of Ndebele and Xhosa traditional designs. “Dedani means ‘Get out of the way!’ because we intend to revive South Africa’s textile industry through local natural resources, and create a niche for ourselves in the global luxury fabric market,” says Ivili Loboya owner Dr Vuyo Mahlati. “We see a great future for our pioneering fabrics as our research shows that Africa’s growing middle...

Dreamer establishes cashmere production in South Africa

“THIS is my song,” a woman exclaims as the start of Boom Clap Bachelors featuring Coco O.’s Løb Stop Stå fills the Impact Hub in Johannesburg. “Who sings this?” the guy next to her asks. Then he offers: “Oh! It’s AKA.” She rolls her eyes, then says: “It’s the original song.” Just then, another voice pierces that song. Blue light shines on the woman, who prompts the DJ to stop playing so that we can listen to her operatic sound. She commands the room in very much the same way that Dr Vuyo Mahlati does. Dressed in a black evening gown, the founder of Ivili Loboya, a textile production company based in Ibika in the Eastern Cape, has gathered a room full of media, friends and Kiernan Forbes to experience an exhibition, which ran until February 25, that focuses on different types of wool. More importantly, everyone is there to witness the announcement of Ivili Loboya as the first producer of cashmere on the continent. Armed with a tag line “Wool for the world” and under the name the Dedani Collection, Mahlati emphasises women doing it for themselves. From the MC for the evening to the 3-million-and-more Eastern Cape women who farm sheep and goats, and those who work directly with Mahlati, it’s clear that empowering women is important to the doctor. As explained in a press release: “Ivili Loboya is enhancing livelihoods and bringing jobs to the rural Eastern Cape, employing 24 people so far with over 30 seasonal sorters, seven weaving co-operatives, and sourcing its fibres from 332 small farmers, many of them women. “Yarns for blends...
Textile industry to boost SA economy

Textile industry to boost SA economy

Pretoria – Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, says the textile industry is one of the most strategic platforms through which South Africa can bolster trade of local products. He was addressing the Ivili Loboya Textile launch on Thursday in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Ivili Loboya, which is Africa’s first cashmere fabric manufacturer, was first established in 2015 as a wool processing hub in Ibika village in Butterworth, Eastern Cape. The Minister said the establishment of Ivili Textile is a very important milestone in efforts to transform the economic landscape of South Africa. “It is the culmination of many years of hard work towards the establishment of this ground breaking initiative in the textile industry… These are quality niche wools sourced from different South African sheep breeds with local cotton and wild silk from the North West province. “It is inspiring to note that the launch of this initiative will also mark the signing of an agency agreement with an Italian retailer, an initiative that will expand your markets to Europe. “I believe that a project of this nature has great potential to contribute significantly both to the development of an inclusive economy as well as in employment creation,” said the Minister. He said the manufacturing industry is an ideal model for sustainable entrepreneurship as it encourages productivity, hard work and self-reliance. “You do not need to win a tender in order to be successful in this industry. The growth of your business is dependent on your productivity.  These are the kinds of initiatives that add meaningful value in changing the current socio-economic conditions of the...

Key Address by the Honourable Jeff Radebe, MP, Minister in the Presidency: Launch of Ivili Loboya Textiles

23 FEBRUARY 2017   Programme Director Chairperson, Dr Vuyo Mahlati Executive Directors of Ivili Textiles Representatives from various organisations Members of the Media Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen   INTRODUCTION  It is an honour and a privilege for me to address this prestigious occasion this evening. The establishment of Ivili Textile is a very important milestone in our efforts to transform the economic landscape in South Africa. It is the culmination of many years of hard work towards the establishment of this groundbreaking initiative in the textile industry. The textile industry is one of the most strategic platforms through which we can bolster trade of South African products. I am told that the Ivili Loboya was first established in 2015, as a Wool Processing Hub at Ibika Village in Butterworth, rural Eastern Cape. We are gathered here this evening to officially launch what is regarded as Africa’s first cashmere fabric manufacturer. I must declare from the onset, Chairperson, that I would have preferred that this occasion takes place in Butterworth, your industrial base. It might be logistically convenient to host this event in the economic hub that is Johannesburg, but I believe that it would have held a greater significance if it was held in the rural areas that need development the most. If we were in Butterworth — eGcuwa, for instance, we would not only be talking about the potential impact of this initiative in abstract terms, but we would be able to point out tangible outcomes and evidence of how this initiative impacts on ordinary people’s lives. This evening, we witness the growth of this project as...