Colonialism is often seen as a distant abstraction of the past — yet, colonial mentalities and practices continue to reign supreme in how fashion business operates today.
Dr Noki, rehabilitator of the ragpile, even turns the idea of the ikon on its head in order to create his name. He cuts, stitches and embellishes to reinvent not only the fibres of an unwanted garment, but moral fibre itself. Taking the mass produced and turning it into one-off creations, Noki’s work has been turning heads for more than 20 years. But it seems like it’s only just now that he’s getting started. Photography: Charl Marais, Styling: Dr.Noki
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