Born and raised in Botswana, Africa I have grown up amongst a rich and vivacious culture. Finding within it a deep love for bold prints, colors and fashion. I have found that in everything I do my cultured past shines through, bringing a touch of Africa to all of my designs.
My aim is to produce elegant, edgy and eclectically inspired designs that not only stand out in a crowd, but compliment the wearer, and accentuate their beauty and personality.
Mowa is a Setswana word, which is the national language of Botswana. It means the soul or the essence of ones being. I found it very fitting for myself and my brand for a few different reasons. There is an expression that we have, which is that, you can take an African out of Africa, but you can never take Africa out of an African. I feel that my soul belongs in Africa and is forever connected to it. It is the place from which I draw my inspiration. From within myself but intern from my love and longing for Africa.
I absolutely love going fabric shopping when I go home! One of the best parts of fabric shopping when I’m home is seeing the ladies at my favorite store. They remember me even though I'm only there once every six months or more, and are always so excited to see me and hear about my designs and progress. I look forward to seeing them again and visiting 'my second home' hopefully in the near future.
I think that growing up in such a beautiful, raw and unique environment has played a huge part in how I view fashion and the role that clothing plays in our lives. I see it as more of an extension of a person, something that moves through our messy lives with us, not as an image of pristine and perfection but with the beauty of embracing the marks that life throws along the way.
Botswana traditional fabric actually has two different names. German print because it was adapted from fabric used by early German settlers and letaisi.