The South African word “Ubuntu” can be translated as “unity through diversity.” In Lalela’s Rainbow Nation curriculum. Together, the students explored their own heritage while learning more about the different cultures of their classmates and friends. After sharing their traditions, rituals, beliefs and cultural practices with each other, they drew a person in clothing and accessories that represents their culture. The artists then cut their drawings into sections and exchanged them with one another. They used the different sections to construct a new person, made up of a mixture of cultures. During this process, the artists recognized that even though we belong to different cultures, we are all part of the same human race.
With sustainability and ethical fashion being two of our greatest focuses this year, we have partnered with Uzwelo to create a reusable bag with our signature Lalela style. Uzwelo is a company driven to empower families and uplift communities through various poverty-reducing initiatives. We love their initiative and are thrilled to call them our partners.
These bright bags are a perfect replacement for single use plastic. Each bag can be folded into its interior pocket when not in use, making it easy to store and carry within a normal sized handbag. All artworks featured on these bags were created by our Lalela learners.