Rose of Azania – An interview with Sindi Buthelezi of Azania Zulu

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Azania Zulu - Winter Collection

Azania Zulu – Winter Collection

When Sindi Buthelezi left mzansi to go work abroad little did she know the extent to which she would long for home.  Living in the heart of Queens and holding down a job in Brooklyn  USA somehow provoked in her a greater appreciation of being African after all she had to contend with all types of questions about Africa from her newfound American friends. “I started realising that I didn’t know much about the rest of Africa as I did South Africa” she explains.   This KZN born and bred sistah was feeling an urge to cut herself loose from the strands of conventionality and commit herself to travelling the African continent.  And so she did! Never being one to entertain the fear of exploring in 2006 Sindi made her first trip to Mozambique.  By the close of 2009 this anthropologist-in-the-making had also been to Botswana, Lesotho and Tanzania. Enthralled entirely by the mystical beauty and aura of Africa she made a decision to abandon her IT job and embrace the rebellious artistic streak lurking in the sea of her quiet spirit.

Azania Zulu - Summer Collection

Azania Zulu – Summer Collection

Azania Zulu - Winter Collection

Azania Zulu – Winter Collection

Azania Zulu - Kids

Azania Zulu – Kids

It was in Tanzania where Sindi made friends with an inspirational man who taught her the art of t-shirt hand-printing.  Excited and empowered she and close friend Gcina Nkau began making t-shirts with revolutionary signatures such as AZANIA, UBUNTU, LOVE and an African map – selling these revolutionary tees at flea markets in Newtown Johannesburg.

Azania Zulu - Clothing

Azania Zulu – Clothing

Azania Zulu - Bags

Azania Zulu – Bags

Today Sindi’s unique concept of fashion goes beyond the beauty of the clothes.  She sees her clothes as commercial transcripts to communicate subliminal messages to the masses more especially urban youth.  The message she advocates is about the beauty and richness of African heritage which is also the inspiration behind the brand name Azania Zulu (Azania = Africa, Zulu = Heaven).  The Azania Zulu House of Creation which was established in 2010 currently holds blazing tees, sweaters, tank tops, vests, trousers, backpacks, scarves and more.  Go get yours by visiting azaniazulu.com or join Facebook group AzaniaZulu.

Azania Zulu - Clothing

Azania Zulu – Clothing

Azania Zulu - Scarfs

Azania Zulu – Scarfs

Azania Zulu - Summer Collection

Azania Zulu – Summer Collection

Azania Zulu - Maasai

Azania Zulu – Maasai

Azania Zulu - Caps & Golf Ts

Azania Zulu – Caps & Golf Ts

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  • eugene

    love the word Azania! even although its Greek(white)

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  • bright

    this is dope….got 2 t’S AND 2 HOODYS, everytimw i put them on people ask me do i get them, they wanna get it too……..I TELL THEM”ZULU, ZULU,….LENTO”

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  • much respekt sistah… Blessings upon you, Im inspired!

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  • Bongi Mokone

    Viva AZ viva!!!

    Give thanks to our Scribess…x

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  • samke

    Awesome work Azania. I’m so proud of you sistah!

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  • Leoness SixtySix

    PheZulu ngo buhle be Afrika! SHINE*

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  • Big things are coming team AZ – this brand is going to shake the world…it has always been a pleasure working with team Azania Zulu afrikan centered, well traveled, resilient and creative to the core…all the best!!!

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    POWERFUL brand.

    its been a pleasure working with this Afikanfilled sister.Infinite propsss///

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  • eugene

    love the word Azania! even although its Greek(white)

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  • bright

    this is dope….got 2 t’S AND 2 HOODYS, everytimw i put them on people ask me do i get them, they wanna get it too……..I TELL THEM”ZULU, ZULU,….LENTO”

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  • Bongi Mokone

    Viva AZ viva!!!

    Give thanks to our Scribess…x

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    Awesome work Azania. I’m so proud of you sistah!

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    PheZulu ngo buhle be Afrika! SHINE*

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    POWERFUL brand.

    its been a pleasure working with this Afikanfilled sister.Infinite propsss///

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