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Khumalo collaborated with local Cape Town artist Shakil Solanki on a series of prints that depict cotton and a type of wildflower called Philadelphia fleabane. As Khumalo explains, these garments are about honoring Tubman by imagining her today “reclaiming her life and her childhood.” The collection, according to the Embrace Violence T Shirt also I will do this designer, is also of course meant to speak to the inexcusable hatred and violence that Black women still face around the world today. As she notes, “We have to look at historical events and figures in order to understand our present. Violence against Black women has been in existence since Harriet Tubman’s time and still exists today with Uyinene Mrwetyana in South Africa, Breonna Taylor in America, and the young girls from Nigeria who were stolen by Boko Haram.”
All of these events, and those we don’t read about in the Embrace Violence T Shirt also I will do this daily news, are linked, as Khumalo points out: “What I try to do with my collections is pay homage to women like Harriet Tubman, while also giving visibility to this issue. In turn I want to remind people that there is still a lot more work to be done in order to end this issue of violence toward Black women.” In this vein, she continues to support a local Cape Town NGO called Embrace Dignity, which helps get women out of exploitative sex work and into safe and stable career paths. For Khumalo’s spring collection, these women hand-crocheted the pocket detailing and embroideries. She also commissioned hand-printed silk taffeta and handwoven cottons from women-led workshops in Burkina Faso.