''Wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo"
"You strike a woman, you strike a rock"

JUDY SANDDERSON FW 22/23 collection is inspired by a South African Zulu phrase ''Wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo" meaning - "You strike a woman, you strike a rock". These words are taken from the famous resistance song composed for the 1956 South African woman’s protest. It’s the solidarity act of ubuntu taken by the South African women against the oppressive “dompas” law proposed by the apartheid government. A strong reminder of who women are and her fierce determination and the importance of solidarity. Strength in Numbers.

The collection captured the feeling of the past period fused with the contemporary period of today in which “dompas” oppression has been replaced with gender inequality, gender stereotypes and the unwritten rules that oppresses women in the present day. The collection celebrate a woman in her entirety and captures her diversity and versatility while bringing forth her liberation. Her strength and courage is captured through strong silhouettes and structured broad shoulder while her freedom is seen in the movement of fringes and the ease of the dresses.

Strong colours are very eminent throughout the collection as a reflection of the different tribes and races of this rainbow nation it took to create a movement so strong, that it led to the overruling of the proposed unjust law. The collection contains intriguing contrasts that flow in harmony. From hard to soft fabrics, dark to light colours, feminine dresses to masculine broad shoulders coats, street and luxury, club to church. Contracts, but with absolutely no contradiction as one woman can be all those and more. Wansati wa xiviri.

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